Dame Judi Dench hopes Queen will ‘have a little wander’ after missing Chelsea Flower Show

Sophie Wessex attends 2021 Chelsea Flower Show

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While the 95-year-old monarch was unable to attend this year’s opening, Dame Judi Dench, 85, said she hopes the monarch “gets a quiet time to come and have a little wander about” in the Queen’s Green Canopy Garden. The Queen’s Green Canopy Garden was opened by the Oscar winner on Monday and it is set to include major exhibits to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The garden is also set to highlight the growing concern surrounding climate change.

Dame Judi said the show looked “as always, immaculate” as she opened the largest garden dedicated to the monarch.

Designed by David Dodd, the Queen’s Green Canopy Garden features 21 trees and more than 3,500 plants and also includes hay bale sculptures.

“I hope [Queen Elizabeth] gets a quiet time to come and have a little wander about,” Dame Judi Dench told PEOPLE.

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While Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and Princess Anne attended the show, the Queen unfortunately missed the event.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) annual event, beloved by Her Majesty, was moved from its original date in May due to Covid restrictions and the Queen was unable to make it as she remains in Balmoral, Scotland.

The Queen has rarely missed a show and this will be the first time in 16 years where she will not be seen at the event.

Dame Judi said she had a tree to plant in honour of the Queen’s platinum jubilee – a Himalayan silver birch.

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She said: “We have never had the opportunity to celebrate a platinum jubilee before, never had someone 70 years on the throne before.

“The work the Queen has done, is doing, is remarkable, and what better way to celebrate than by having a garden and then for all of us to take that on and plant a tree, which is also doing something for climate change.”

The Queen’s Green Canopy Garden chair said it is hoped the garden will inspire visitors to join the Plant a Tree for the Jubilee campaign.

“The Jubilee is an historic occasion,” said QGC chair Sir Nicholas Bacon.

“The Queen’s Green Canopy is giving everyone the opportunity to celebrate this remarkable milestone by planting trees with care, at the right time of year, in the right place so they will thrive for generations to come.”

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