Monday was press day at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, and as usual, the British royals were out and about in festive floral clothes and jewels for the occasion.
The day began with a surprise appearance of the Princess of Wales at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Princess Catherine was on hand not only to view the flower displays but also to take part in a brand-new feature at the show.
Kate joined in the fun at the show’s first-ever Children’s Picnic. Ten schools from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening were invited to bring students to the special picnic.
Kate also popped in to chat with the Chelsea Pensioners before leaving the Royal Hospital.
Kate wore a spring dress in a bright shade of pink from Me+Em for the occasion, paired with sensible wedges for outdoor fun.
We previously saw Kate wear the dress for her first face-to-face meeting with little Mila Sneddon, who was featured as part of the Hold Still photography project while she was in cancer treatment during the pandemic. Mila had told Kate that her favorite color was pink during a video call, and Kate had promised to wear the color for their first in-person meeting—a promise she carried out with this dress.
For her appearance at Chelsea on Monday, Kate also wore a suitably botanical pair of earrings.
These are the Gold Fern Drop Earrings from British designer Catherine Zoraida. Kate’s had them in her collection for several years, as well as several other pieces from the same brand.
Here’s a look at one of Kate’s previous appearances in the earrings, from a visit to Aberdeen in February 2020.
The King and Queen arrived on Monday evening for their visit to the show. They were welcomed by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, the delightfully-named Keith Weed.
Queen Camilla wore a floral frock by Fiona Clare. (No brooch, sadly, though it would inevitably have been lost against that bright print.) She accessorized with her usual necklace with pendants (a disc with the initials of her five grandchildren and a Kiki McDonough Apollo charm), plus a new favorite pair of earrings.
These are the pearl drop earrings with the sapphire, diamond, and ruby stud, which were debuted at this year’s Commonwealth Day service. It was revealed shortly before the coronation that the earrings come from Queen Elizabeth II’s collection (though there was no additional clarification or elaboration on that provenance).
There were also other members of the royal family present for the press preview, including the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra (with her son, James Ogilvy; her granddaughter, Flora Vesterberg; and her first cousin, Archduchess Helene of Austria), and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. I’ll update this article to include images of them if/when they become available for me to license.