The Princess of Wales stuck to strict royal protocol after she declined a request for an autograph during the Chelsea Flower Show. Kate made a surprise appearance for the first-ever children’s picnic when she invited children from ten schools to join her for an outdoor lunch. She spent time chatting with the children and discussing the show when one fan asked Kate to sign her drawing but the Princess had to decline.
She was overheard saying: “I can’t write my name, but I can draw.”
People reported that the Princess drew a flower on the drawing.
Later on, Kate was asked why she couldn’t sign her name to which she explained: “My name’s Catherine. I’m not allowed to write my signature, it’s just one of those rules.”
Reports suggest it is a long-standing rule within the Royal Family that members are forbidden from signing autographs in a bid to prevent signatures from being forged.
However, the rule was reportedly broken by King Charles when he was the Prince of Wales.
Back in 2010, Charles reportedly wrote “Charles 2010” on a piece of paper during a visit to victims of devastating floods in Cornwall.
Despite not giving the autograph, the Princess of Wales spent a lot of time with the children at the flower show.
Kate joined pupils from schools including Cameron Vale School, Alec Reed Academy, St George’s CofE Primary School, St Augustine’s CofE Primary, Falconbrook Primary School, Christ Church CofE Primary School, Glenbrook Primary School, St Mary’s CofE Primary School, St George’s Church of England Primary School and Laycock Primary School.
The aim of the picnic is to bring gardening and nature into the children’s lives, a topic Kate is passionate about after launching RHS Back to Nature Gardens at Chelsea and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2019.
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Elsewhere at the flower show Kate revealed Prince Louis is taking part in a gardening project at school.
She said: “Louis is growing broad beans at school. You put them in a cup and you can see the roots growing. They get big quickly like sunflowers.”
Asked by one of the children what it is like to be a member of the Royal Family, Kate replied: “You have to work hard, but you know the best thing about it is meeting kiddies.”
Another inquisitive child asked if the Princess made the law to which she answered: “The Prime Minister makes the laws.”
RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 features 12 show gardens and more than 70 nurseries in the Great Pavilion.
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is one of the world’s greatest showcases for horticultural excellence. The show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1804.
The King and Queen also made a visit to the show on Tuesday where they viewed tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.
The late Queen was a keen visitor to the show, visiting it more than 50 times during her reign.