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The Queen's disappointment after change to her diary

The monarch is patron of the Royal Horticultural Society

Danielle Stacey

The Queen traditionally has plenty to look forward to in her summer calendar with Royal Ascot, the Buckingham Palace garden parties and more.

This year Her Majesty, 94, will have to wait a little longer for one of her favourite events, however, as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has been postponed as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The gardening event usually takes place in May but for the first time in its history, it has been moved to run from 21 September to 26 September at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea

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It comes after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show went virtual for the first time in 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Queen, who is patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, attends yearly with other members of the royal family.

In 2019, the Duchess of Cambridge helped to design the Back to Nature garden. Prince William and Kate delighted royal fans as they shared a sweet video of their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis playing in the space, which featured a treehouse and a swing.

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The Queen at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show with William and Kate

In a statement on its website, Sue Biggs, RHS Director General said: "Whilst we are sad to have had to delay RHS Chelsea and are sorry for the disruption this will cause, we are excited that we are still planning to bring the world’s best loved gardening event to the nation at a time when more people are gardening more than ever."

Earlier this year, Buckingham Palace confirmed that garden parties normally staged at the Queen's London residence and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh have been cancelled for 2021.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are currently staying at Windsor Castle during England's third lockdown, where they also spent the Christmas period.

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