The Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh on what would have been his 100th birthday as she attended the opening of an exhibition at the Garden Museum on London’s South Bank today .
Camilla, 73, held a bouquet of pink flowers containing rosemary, a token of remembrance, during a tour of the annual British Flowers Week festival, in conjunction with the New Covent Garden Flower Market.
The royal, elegant in a bright blue sundress with an exotic bird print, spoke of her love of flowers and her “passion” for arranging them.
When presented with the bouquet, she commented on Philip and his own late father, Major Bruce Shand, who died on June 11, 2006, at the age of 89.
The Duchess said: “I am delighted to be here today. It would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday and tomorrow would be the day my father died, and I’m very honored to be here today, to do something that I know they would have enjoyed.
The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured), 73, paid tribute to Prince Philip on what would have been his 100th birthday as she attended the opening of an exhibition at the Garden Museum in London today
The Duchess, who is herself an avid gardener, opted for a floral face mask as she toured the British Flowers Week exhibit.
Camilla’s father, Major Bruce Shand, was a wine merchant who served with the 12th Lancers during World War II.
He was awarded the Military Cross in 1940 and again in 1942 for his efforts in France, and was subsequently wounded and taken prisoner while fighting in North Africa.
The Duchess, who herself is passionate about gardening, opted for a floral face mask as she toured the Garden Museum’s various flower installations, designed around the theme of ‘healing’.
She paired her tropical print Fiona Clare dress with nude-colored heels for the outing and completed her sophisticated ensemble with a simple gold chain necklace and matching bracelets.
Camilla (pictured) held a bouquet of pink flowers containing rosemary as a token of remembrance, acknowledging that today would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s centenary
The royal (pictured left) looked stylish in a vibrant blue gown with an exotic bird print to mark the opening of the British Flowers Week festival in collaboration with New Covent Garden Flower Market
Camilla has told florists that she enjoys doing nothing more than picking and arranging flowers, and she loves this time of year when “it all comes out at once”.
Delivering a short speech, Camilla said, “I would really like to thank all of you who grow, plant and decorate places with flowers. It makes such a difference in people’s lives. I think a life without flowers would be unbearable.
‘As a keen gardener myself and someone who loves to arrange flowers, I try as much as I can, when I have time, to make all the flowers for our homes… It takes me years but I love her more than anything in the world. ‘
As Shane Connolly, the florist who curated the museum’s new exhibit, presented the bouquet to the Duchess, he spoke of the “calming properties” of flowers and their “reassuring rhythms” that help us know he’s going. have a spring.
Camilla (pictured) told florists that she likes to do nothing more than pick and arrange flowers, and she loves this time of year when ‘it all comes out at the same time’
Delivering a short speech, Camilla (photo) said: “I really want to thank all of you who grow, plant and decorate places with flowers. It makes such a difference in people’s lives. I think a life without flowers would be unbearable ‘
He said the world “is on the brink of environmental disaster”, but flowers have the capacity to “bring this message of the fragility of nature to the table.”
Mr. Connolly noted that Philip was one of the first environmental champions and has done so much to advance the cause.
Displays created by five of Britain’s top florists – Cyrill Tronchet, Hazel Gardiner, JamJar Flowers, Simon Lycett and Tattie Rose – showcase the unique seasonal quality of UK flowers.
The week-long festival returns for its ninth year between June 14-20 and will celebrate the beauty and variety of British cut flowers, foliage and plants as well as the florists, growers and wholesalers who make it all possible .
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, 72, also paid tribute to his father by posting a black and white photograph that showed a young Prince Charles welcoming the Duke to his home after a trip to Malta in 1951 (pictured)
Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, 72, also paid tribute to his father by posting a black and white photograph which showed a young Prince Charles welcoming the Duke to his home after a trip to Malta in 1951.
In a second snap, Prince Philip, who died aged 99 on April 9, can be seen handing over his role as Chief Colonel of the Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall, in a joint ceremony at Windsor Castle and at Highgrove in July 2020.
Alongside the two photographs shared on the Clarence House Instagram page, Prince Charles wrote: ‘Remembering the Duke of Edinburgh, on what would have been his 100th birthday’.