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Prince Harry and the Queen greet each other with a kiss at Chelsea Flower Show

May 18, 2015
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The affection between Prince Harry and his grandmother the Queen was clear to see as they warmly greeted each other on Monday at the opening of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. The monarch's face was wreathed in smiles as 30-year-old Harry leaned down to plant a kiss on his grandmother's cheek.

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Harry greets his grandmother with a kiss on the cheek

It was Harry's first engagement since touching back down in the UK after a month-long army secondment in Australia coupled with an official trip to New Zealand.

The royal made a special appearance at the flower show to visit a garden designed by Matt Keightley, who created an African-themed space for Harry's charity Sentebale.

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 The Queen is reportedly the reason Harry is passionate about gardening and the flower show

As requested by Harry himself, the garden features plants that are both native to the UK and Lesotho, where the charity operates.

Before the Queen's arrival, Harry told the BBC: "I can't wait to show members of my family this garden," adding: "I haven't seen my grandma for a while."

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The pair were clearly pleased to be back in each other's company

The Queen was wrapped up warm in a bright cobalt blue coat, ideal for the seasonal British weather - the day began with rain and ended with sunshine.

The 89-year-old Queen in a regular visitor to the annual flower show, which takes place in the grounds of the 17th-century retirement home for army veterans, the Chelsea Hospital.

She first took an interest in 1952, and since then has only missed the event on 12 occasions. It's a passion she has passed on to Harry, who first began attending in 2013.

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