Prince William and Kate make debut at Chelsea Flower Show alongside the Queen and Prince Harry

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Members of the royal family were out in full force to attend the opening day of the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their debut at the horticultural event, joining regular guests of honour Prince Harry, the Queen and Her Majesty's daughter Princess Anne.

The Queen's son Prince Andrew and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were also spotted arriving.

William and Kate, who have never visited as a couple, made a very sunny appearance. The Duchess, 34, opted for a bright and summery look, wearing a recycled green Catherine Walker coat dress.

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The pair, alongside Harry, toured the different exhibits, which kept to this year's theme of Health, Happiness and Horticulture. They also admired the special arch that was erected to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday and the breathtaking sea of hundreds of thousands of poppies in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The highlight of William and Kate's visit will have been viewing a new flower that has been named after their daughter Princess Charlotte. The Princess Charlotte chrysanthemum, which is pink with green tips and is known as the Rossano Charlotte, is being entered in the Flower of the Year category.

It has been produced by Dutch company Deliflor, the world's largest chrysanthemum breeder, which previously delivered a bouquet of flowers to William and Kate following the birth of their daughter last year.

The Queen is patron of the event, which runs from 24 to 28 May. Her Majesty and Prince Harry are regular fixtures at the annual flower show. Harry, 31, has previously visited to view a garden created in honour of his charity Sentebale, which supports children suffering with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.

Prince Edward's wife the Countess of Wessex also attended the opening day, which is typically reserved for royals and celebrity guests. Sophie was her usual stylish self in a floral Alexander McQueen dress and black cropped jacket.

A host of stars descended on the gardens including Demi Moore, Rosamund Pike and Mary Berry, who inspected a new rose that has been named after her.

Presenter and gardener Alan Titchmarsh chatted to fans at the event, while Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch and Tracy Chevalier were also spotted among the sea of guests.

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