Early morning and we arrive at the stand to find that the RHS judges have awarded us a glorious Silver Gilt award for the Miracle-Gro’wers Discovery and Learning Journey garden. Hurrah and a big sigh of relief from Jane and I as we all receive acknowledgement of the hard work put in by the schools!
During the private view yesterday afternoon Her Majesty The Queen walked close by, but unfortunately didn’t stop. But thanks to ministrations from Peter Seabrook to people in the know, pupils of Holtspur School, Beaconsfield received a visit from HRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. They had a long chat with pupils Freya and Jack and received a mixed bouquet of sweet peas produced on the stand. Jane Hartley can be seen in the picture persuading Jack to give up the flowers to the Princess, which he did with aplomb.
During the evening Jane and I welcomed special guests at the Gala Evening where the champagne flowed but the nibbles were minute. Six canapes hardly made a mouthful, but hey, this is luxury living for the great and the good. But we all enjoyed a really warm evening strolling around in the gloaming until 9pm.
At 8am this morning we were back on duty ready to welcome pupils of Countess Anne Academy Primary School from Hatfield, Herts, who did a sterling job manning all areas. We were delighted to welcome the return of Andrew who has been to Chelsea before. Last year we christened him Tigger because he bounced around the stand continuously, but this year he had calmed down amazingly.
Other pupils working equally hard included Evie, Katherine and her brother Alexander and Rachel. Thank you all for manning the whole stand for the first session.
More news to come soon of our meeting with a Cabinet Minister, and one of David Cameron’s aides…