The sweet but subtle way Princess Eugenie will play a part in Queen Elizabeth's favorite summer event this year

Princess Eugenie will have a special role in the Chelsea Flower Show after visiting a charity for patients with spinal injuries in London

Princess Eugenie to play part in Queen Elizabeth's favorite summer event
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Princess Eugenie will be featured at the Chelsea Flower Show, one of the Queen's favorite summer events, in a subtle but touching way this May. 

Princess Eugenie will have a special role at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this May, much to the excitement of the royal's adoring fans. 

The younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson was all smiles as she visited Horatio's Garden in Stanmore last week to learn about the charity's work in helping people affected by spinal injury. Eugenie has been a patron of the organization, which designs beautiful and accessible gardens for NHS units, since May 2019. 

After receiving a tour of the garden and meeting with its volunteers and patients, the 32-year-old joined ceramist Vinicius Les to have her thumbprint formed in clay. Princess Eugenie's cast will be displayed in the charity's exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show in May, alongside a thousand other thumbprints collected from the charity's community across the UK. 

The engagement comes less than two months after Princess Eugenie confirmed she was expecting her second child with husband Jack Brooksbank. 

Wearing a houndstooth coat, a black dress, and knee-high boots for the event, the royal's visit to the garden marked her first public appearance since revealing she was pregnant.

"I am so pleased to be supporting the Horatio’s Garden show garden at Chelsea this year," she said in a statement. "As a former spinal patient myself I understand the impact that Horatio’s Garden has on people in hospital and the difference it makes to their lives." The art gallery director has long been open about her battle with scoliosis, having undergone spinal surgery for the condition when she was 12. 

Eugenie's involvement in this year's Chelsea Flower Show, which takes place between May 22 and May 27 on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, is also more poignant because of its connection to the late Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty was known to be a fan of the annual event, regularly attending with other members of the Royal Family throughout her reign.


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Her final appearance at the show took place in 2022, less than a month before she celebrated her Platinum Jubilee. Wearing a bubblegum pink outfit and white gloves, the 96-year-old toured the exhibitions in a buggy after suffering from ongoing mobility issues. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.