The UK is known for many things… and one of them is the amount of precipitation it gets! It really can rain at any time across the pond, and perhaps nobody knows this better than the Queen, who is quite seasoned in heading outside in all manner of weather for engagements.
But that makes planning special events a bit dicey sometimes, as Her Majesty also knows, and she revealed it’s one of her biggest concerns – even when forecasters say the conditions are going to be nice!
At the Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday (May 21), the Queen showed up holding an umbrella. Many thought this was to shield her from the sun, which was out in all its glory – but since this was England, it could just as easily have been to keep her dry in the event of a sudden downpour.
“Well, you do rather hope the sun shines as when you invite 8,000 people to have tea on your lawn, it can be a bit of a worry,” People reports the 93-year-old monarch told a 50-year-old teacher from Wales in an appropriately dry-humoured remark.
The Duchess of Cambridge received her Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order before the party. It’s an award that recognizes Kate’s services to the Sovereign, and she was given its highest ranking – she certainly deserves it!
The day before, Elizabeth II attended the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show with many members of her family. The royals love the annual event, but this year they had a very special reason for being there – Kate was debuting the Back to Nature Garden she co-created with RHS landscape artists! Her Majesty seemed very proud of the duchess as she took in the plot, and displayed her characteristic wit when she greeted Kate and William with a joke!