Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall wears dress with exotic birds to open British Flowers Week festival – Daily Mail

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The Duchess of Cornwall has paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh on what would have been his 100th birthday as she attended the opening of an exhibition in the Garden Museum on London‘s South Bank today.

Camilla, 73, held a pink bouquet of flowers containing rosemary, a sign of remembrance, while touring the annual British Flowers Week festival, in collaboration with New Covent Garden Flower Market.

The royal, looking elegant in a vibrant blue, summer frock with an exotic bird print,  spoke about her love of flowers and ‘passion’ for arranging them.

As she was presented with the bouquet, she commented about Philip and her own late father, Major Bruce Shand, who died on June 11 2006, aged 89.

The duchess said: ‘I’m thrilled to be here today. It would have been the birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh and tomorrow would be the day of the death of my father, and I’m very honoured to be here today, doing something I know they would have appreciated.’

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 in the Garden Museum in London today

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 in the Garden Museum in London today

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 in the Garden Museum in London today

The Duchess, who is a keen gardener herself, opted for a floral face mask as she toured the British Flowers Week exhibition

The Duchess, who is a keen gardener herself, opted for a floral face mask as she toured the British Flowers Week exhibition

The Duchess, who is a keen gardener herself, opted for a floral face mask as she toured the British Flowers Week exhibition

Camilla’s father, Major Bruce Shand, was a wine merchant who served with the 12th Lancers during the Second World War.

He was awarded the Military Cross in 1940 and again in 1942 for his efforts in France, and was later wounded and taken prisoner while fighting in North Africa.

The Duchess, who is a keen gardener herself, opted for a floral face mask as she toured the various flower installations at the Garden Museum which are designed around the theme of ‘healing’. 

She teamed her tropical print dress by Fiona Clare with nude-coloured heels for the outing and completed her sophisticated ensemble with a simple gold chain necklace and matching bracelets.  

Camilla (pictured) held a pink bouquet of flowers containing rosemary, a sign of remembrance, acknowledging that today would have been the Duke of Edinburgh's centenary birthday

Camilla (pictured) held a pink bouquet of flowers containing rosemary, a sign of remembrance, acknowledging that today would have been the Duke of Edinburgh's centenary birthday

Camilla (pictured) held a pink bouquet of flowers containing rosemary, a sign of remembrance, acknowledging that today would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s centenary birthday

The royal (pictured left) looked elegant in a vibrant blue frock with an exotic bird print to mark the opening of British Flowers Week festival in collaboration with New Covent Garden Flower Market

The royal (pictured left) looked elegant in a vibrant blue frock with an exotic bird print to mark the opening of British Flowers Week festival in collaboration with New Covent Garden Flower Market

The royal (pictured left) looked elegant in a vibrant blue frock with an exotic bird print to mark the opening of British Flowers Week festival in collaboration with New Covent Garden Flower Market

Camilla told the florists there is nothing she enjoys doing more than picking and arranging flowers, and she loves this time of year when ‘everything comes out at once’. 

Giving a brief speech, Camilla said: ‘I’d really like to thank all of you who grow, plant and decorate places with flowers. It makes such a difference to people’s lives. I think that a life without flowers would be unbearable.

‘As a passionate gardener myself and somebody who loves arranging flowers, I try as much as I can, when I have time, to do all the flowers for our houses… It takes me ages but I do love it more than anything in the world.’

As Shane Connolly, the florist who curated the museum’s new exhibition, presented the duchess with the bouquet, he spoke of the ‘soothing properties’ of flowers and their ‘reassuring rhythms’ which help us to know there is going to be a spring. 

Camilla (pictured) told the florists there is nothing she enjoys doing more than picking and arranging flowers, and she loves this time of year when 'everything comes out at once'

Camilla (pictured) told the florists there is nothing she enjoys doing more than picking and arranging flowers, and she loves this time of year when 'everything comes out at once'

Camilla (pictured) told the florists there is nothing she enjoys doing more than picking and arranging flowers, and she loves this time of year when ‘everything comes out at once’

Giving a brief speech, Camilla (pictured) said: 'I'd really like to thank all of you who grow, plant and decorate places with flowers. It makes such a difference to people's lives. I think that a life without flowers would be unbearable'

Giving a brief speech, Camilla (pictured) said: 'I'd really like to thank all of you who grow, plant and decorate places with flowers. It makes such a difference to people's lives. I think that a life without flowers would be unbearable'

Giving a brief speech, Camilla (pictured) said: ‘I’d really like to thank all of you who grow, plant and decorate places with flowers. It makes such a difference to people’s lives. I think that a life without flowers would be unbearable’

He said the world is ‘standing on the precipice of an environmental catastrophe’ but that flowers have the ability to ‘bring that message of nature’s fragility to the table’. 

Mr Connolly noted that Philip was one of the earliest champions of the environment and did so much to further the cause.

The 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 British flowers. 

The week-long festival returns for it ninth year between June 14 and June 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 his respects to his father by posting a black and white photograph which showed a young Prince Charles welcoming the Duke home from a trip to Malta in 1951  (pictured)

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, 72, also paid his respects to his father by posting a black and white photograph which showed a young Prince Charles welcoming the Duke home from a trip to Malta in 1951  (pictured)

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, 72, also paid his respects to his father by posting a black and white photograph which showed a young Prince Charles welcoming the Duke home from a trip to Malta in 1951  (pictured)

Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales, 72, also paid his respects to his father by posting a black and white photograph which showed a young Prince Charles welcoming the Duke home from a trip to Malta in 1951.

In a second snap, Prince Philip, who died aged 99 on April 9, can be seen transferring his role of Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles to The Duchess of Cornwall, during a joint ceremony at Windsor Castle and Highgrove in July 2020.

Alongside the two photographs shared to the Clarence House Instagram page, Prince Charles penned: ‘Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh, on what would have been his 100th birthday.’ 

 

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