Prince Harry showed off his gardening skills during the Chelsea Flower Show with his Forget-Me-Not Garden, named for his African children’s charity Sentebale.
Despite his job as a captain in the British Army, it appears the youngest Windsor royal (until July, at least) has a love of gardening — like many Britons.
While the garden exhibit was just one of many at the UK flower show, the young royal’s flowers gained more attention with the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince Philip.
The Chelsea Flower show is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, which is probably one reason why the Queen of England is present. Besides, what better way to show her pride in her grandson than to see his gardening skills.
Prince Harry appears to be following in his father’s footsteps, as Prince Charles even designed his own garden exhibit for the 2002 show. Harry’s Forget-Me-Not Garden was designed by British garden guru Jinny Blum, though the young prince was very hands on with the preparation.
He made multiple check-ins to see how the flowers were progressing after he returned from a trip to the United States. The visit was meant to promote Britain, the military, and also to raise about $1 million during a charity polo match for Sentebale, which he co-founded in memory of his late mother, Princess Diana.
The Chelsea show in London is a favorite of garden-loving royals and non-royals alike. The garden features a large round stone in the center, decorated with hearts and crowns, edged with flowers from southern Africa.
The stone is a reminder of Princess Diana. Local media reported how happy Prince Harry was to see the royals visit his garden exhibit. He commented, “They’re queuing up!”
After the Chelsea Flower Show, Prince Harry joined brother Prince William in Wiltshire to open a recovery center for wounded warriors operated by a charity the brothers foster. William is also an active member of the British military.