Royal watchers rarely see Queen Elizabeth II display traits or behaviors apart from her regal and serious side. However, the royal monarch’s recent visit to the Chelsea Flower show has brought out the Queen’s humorous side as she joked with some of the event’s participants.
Queen Elizabeth was in a rare form as she toured around the various displays at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday. The Queen showcased her sense of humor as she shared a joke with Jekka McVikar, a herb gardener present at the event. McVikar also shared the conversation she had with Britain’s reigning monarch, Hello magazine reported.
The herb gardener recounted telling Queen Elizabeth II that the flower bloom, lily of the valley, was previously used a poison ingredient. McVikar has revealed that the Queen replied with a witty and humorous remark. "She said, 'I've been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead,’” McVikar recounted.
Rose expert and gardener David Austin also had a similar experience with the Queen when he showed off his latest flower creation to the royal monarch, as stated in the same report. The 90-year-old rose breeder also recalled telling Queen Elizabeth II his age. Austin was born two months before the Queen, specifically on February 1926. “1926 was a very good vintage,” the Queen joked with Austin.
The Chelsea Flower Show was just one of the royal engagements that the Queen has recently attended. She also met several members of the public in the annual Queen’s Garden Party held at the Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, May 24. The Queen greeted the guests in a striking blue Stewart Parvin coat, Mirror reported.
The Duke of Edinburg also joined the royal monarch for the event, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the royal family. Around 8,000 members of the public were invited to attend the Garden Party.