Sophie opens the Royal Windsor Flower Show celebrating Platinum Jubilee
The Countess of Wessex cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the Royal Windsor Flower Show as it marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with garden displays, flower arrangements and a celebratory cake.
Sophie was joined by Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society (RWRHS) Honorary Chairman Alan Titchmarsh at the York Club in Windsor Great Park on Saturday as the organization also celebrated its 130th anniversary.
Sophie was pictured alongside the gardener and broadcaster as she cut a large three-tier cake adorned with fresh flowers and the Royal Coat of Arms which was baked to jointly celebrate the RWRHS milestone and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Countess also presented prizes to the winners of the children’s competition to create a flower arrangement “a miniature garden fit for a queen”, with the best entry to be presented to the queen to sit on her breakfast table.
Members of the public who attended the event donned a mix of plastic, paper and flower wreaths to celebrate the special show of the Jubilee year.
The public, along with the Countess, had the opportunity to visit the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden designed by award-winning designer Alan Williams of Landform Consultants, whose work has previously been featured at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Sophie then met with the directors of the company and received her own bouquet.
The Countess and her husband, the Earl of Wessex, had traveled to Gibraltar earlier this week, where they attended a special parade for the Queen’s birthday near the 19th century British-built barracks on Casemates Square.
They were previously in Windsor for the Jubilee weekend celebrations themselves, as they attended a picnic with around 3,000 people on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle.
The RWRHS charity was founded by Queen Victoria in 1892 and has enjoyed the support of six monarchs throughout its history.