The funny way the Queen greeted Prince William and Duchess Kate at the Chelsea Flower Show

By Zach Harper

Every so often, members of the Royal Family make cheeky remarks that show off their senses of humour. A few months ago, we saw Prince Charles make such a comment to Lionel Richie while he was on tour in the Caribbean with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. On Monday (May 20), we were treated to a great quip from the Queen.

Her Majesty came out to the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show and greeted grandson Prince William and Duchess Kate. They gave her kisses on the cheek, and Kate curtsied to her.

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The Queen is a patron of the RHS, which is the UK’s leading gardening charity, and regularly attends the Chelsea Flower Show, along with many other royals. But this year, there was a special royal connection at the show: Duchess Kate was debuting the Back to Nature Garden she co-designed with RHS landscape artists, and many of her family members came out to support her.

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The Queen is likely very proud of Kate’s garden, which is a huge achievement! Photo: © Geoff Pugh/Getty Images

“You’re all looking very tidy,” the monarch told them as she said hello, according to the Mirror.

William looked at his grandmother and said, deadpan, “Well, I’ve smartened up.” What a joker!

The Queen also made a comment about William’s “green clothes” that he had been wearing on Sunday evening.

Kate showed off her garden to an adorable group of kids earlier on Monday. Photo: © Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal

Earlier in the day, Kate had visited the garden wearing brown trousers, a white blouse and sneakers, but for the evening, she changed into a blue-and-white floral-patterned dress by Canadian designer Erdem. William had been in the garden the night before with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and was wearing brown khakis, a blue denim shirt and brown shoes at the time. On Monday night, he came out wearing a slick suit.

This isn’t the first time Elizabeth II has made a funny joke at the Chelsea Flower Show. In 2016, she quipped that she had been given two bunches of lily of the valley in one week. The flowers were once used as poison.

“Perhaps they want me dead,” the monarch reportedly laughed.

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Kate’s garden included several sweet tributes to the Queen, according to the Mirror. The duchess made sure beetroot and carrots were planted in the plot, which is based on the Cambridge family’s country home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. It also includes a small waterfall that’s similar to one at the Royal Family’s Sandringham estate. She has also included forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana’s favourite flowers.

It’s clearly very important to Kate that her kids get outside as much as possible from an early age! Photo: © Matt Porteous/Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal

The duchess says the Back to Nature Garden is intended to help people reconnect with nature and promote good mental health among children.

“I hope that this woodland that we have created here really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors and spend quality time together,” she said on Monday. “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children.”

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