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The Chelsea Flower Show: A blooming lovely day

The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming in Britain's most prestigous flower show.

Underway this week, the Chelsea Flower Show is taking place in the grounds of the 17th-century retirement home for army veterans, the Chelsea Hospital. Formally known as the Great Spring Show, this year's event also features an exhibition of photographs of the Queen attending over the years, in tribute to this year's Diamond Jubilee

Check out the best shots of the extravagant gardens and their visitors in the glorious sunshine.


Honouring the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at the Chelsea Flower Show. Photo: Eamonn McCormack/WireImage 

A blooming mini, at the Chelsea Flower Show 

Chelsea pensioners pose for pictures as they stand in the pyramid-shaped 'Westland Magical Garden' during the Chelsea Flower Show in London, on May 21. Photo: Carl Court/AFP/GettyImages 

When you're that hot anything will do. Here a visitor at the Chelsea Flower Show uses a makeshift hat from a paper bag in the high temperatures on May 22. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images 

The Queen's silhouette, at the Chelsea Flower Show 

Enjoying an ice-cream in the heat. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images 

A house made of flowers, at the Chelsea Flower Show 

Flowers like to be serenaded, as do visitors, at the Chelsea Flower Show 

Visitors view a water feature display in the sunshine. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images 

Visitors relax in the shade at Chelsea Flower Show. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images 

A visitor to the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show hides under a petal-themed umbrella in the high temperatures on May 22. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images 

Visitors to the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show view the show gardens in the sunshine. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images 

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