No one stole King Charles & Camilla’s Chelsea Flower Show thunder this year

One year ago exactly, I was enjoying one of the funniest royal storylines of the year: the Princess of Wales stealing the king’s thunder at the Chelsea Flower Show. Remember that? OMG, it was so much fun. King Charles was making such a big f–king deal about how it would be his “first Chelsea Flower Show as king,” and he was set to arrive on Media Day. Then Princess Kate bused in schoolchildren and threw a picnic and all of the assembled media outlets raced over to cover Kate. Charles was mad as a hornet! One year later, Kate has been missing for five months and the palace keeps trying to convince everyone that Charles adores Kate like the daughter he never had. Suuure. I still believe that the stories about the Middletons’ debt and the shady sale of Party Pieces were directly a punishment for Kate’s flower show thunder-stealing.

All of which to say, no one stole Charles’s thunder on Monday. Charles and Camilla made it to the Chelsea Flower Show and they soaked up all of the attention. It was all theirs. No one magically appeared and threw a picnic. There was no ginger prince around to distract the media. To celebrate, Camilla posed for a collection of photos I would like to call the “Hoe In the Garden” series.

One more piece of news. When Charles was making plans to attend Trooping the Colour, he wanted to ride his horse. It sounded like a bad idea for a 75 year old man with cancer and a bad back. Well, he was finally talked down from that idea and he will now ride in a carriage, although the “final decision” on all of this will be made closer to Trooping.

Photos courtesy of Cover Images.

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  1. Khate’s Mourning Wig says:

    Hoe in the garden series? Deceased! 🪦

    • I didn’t even realize that they went to the garden show. Big deal. They probably would have gotten more coverage if some did show up to upstage them.

      • Joyful Liluri says:

        Who does Charles suit look like it belongs on a 1920’s American gangster with a tommy gun?

    • seaflower says:

      We can have an entire book collection to match:
      Hoe Goes Adventuring
      Hoe At The Show
      Hoe and Tampon Have A Wonderful Time
      Green Eggs and Hoe
      Hoe Hears A Who!

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      • SussexWatcher says:

        🤣🤣🤣 Seaflower!

        And, Hoe in a Garden. OMG Kaiser!!!!

        What’s also funny to me? How nobody cares about king Chuckles and his Garden Hoe. I didn’t even know this was happening today.

        If a Hoe falls in the woods…does anyone give a shit?

      • Jks says:


      • BeanieBean says:


      • Cali says:

        I am Uevo
        Uevo I am
        That Uevo-I-am!
        That Uevo-I-am!
        I do not like that Yuevo-I-am!

        Do you like
        green eggs and hoe?
        I do not like them, Uevo-I-am.
        I do not like
        green eggs and hoe.

        Would you like them
        here or there?

        I would not like them
        here or there.
        I would not like them anywhere.
        Even at the Garden Show!

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    • Eurydice says:

      Garden Hoe is perfect! We needed something fresh for spring!!

    • Hypocrisy says:

      She will forever be the “Hoe in the Garden” in my mind now..🤣😂 thank you for that👏🏼💐

    • TRex says:

      “Hoe in the Garden” series! bwahahahaha

    • Princessk says:

      She gives Hoe’s a bad name.

  2. Becks1 says:

    I definitely think last year triggered something in the House of Windsor. Rereading that article from last year, it just seems so obvious – Kate’s unannounced visit, even Richard Eden saying he hoped Charles wouldn’t be too “disappointed,” etc. Kate really thought she was doing something and while she might have won the Flower Show battle, the House of Middleton lost the war as I think Charles gave the press carte blanche on the bankruptcy story.

    And now Kate is nowhere to be found and Charles has the Flower Show all to himself. My my my.

    • Smart&Messy says:

      Burying her family’s reputation seems disproportionat to a flower show, but she did make KC’s and Garden Hoe’s appearance look foolish.

      • Lucy says:

        I think it was more cumulative. The garden show right on the heels of the coronation lateness and then video. I think he also wouldn’t have been happy about the Prince Philip funeral photo shoot she did. There was probably also marriage problem negotiations going on, maybe the financial problems going public was a demonstration of what would happen if the crown wasn’t “protecting” her quite so much.

      • Jais says:

        Yes, @lucy. The Chelsea flower show down was right on the heels of the Wales being late for the coronation. Those two things were serious affronts. Always wondered if it was Kate’s revenge for not being allowed an actual tiara for the coronation. Still can’t get over the fact that she actually made herself a tinsel tiara.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yup, exactly, @Lucy and @Jais. It wasn’t “just” the flower show, but I think that was the final straw. Consider the lateness at the coronation which was a HUGE issue for Charles.

        I think over the past few years we’ve seen Kate being “slapped down” by the Windsors for overstepping her bounds – William benching her for the statue unveiling after the photoshoot at Phillip’s funeral (and the articles about Carole being the mother William never had or something), Charles unleashing the press hounds on her family after her behavior last spring. Kate angling for Royal Lodge or an equivalent and getting Adelaide Cottage instead. Those two are very clearly trying to put Kate in her place.

        When you consider what is currently going on with Kate, it’s interesting to look back at the last few years.

      • Harper says:

        Even the journalists covering the show last year were gobsmacked by Kate showing up unannounced. I remember one of them wrote an article about how their day at the show was choreographed and then news came that Kate was showing up and they literally had to run to get in position to get the story. IIRC the article was very read between the lines that her surprise appearance was actually a big headache for everyone.

    • Eurydice says:

      My, my, indeed. Never let it be said that Charles isn’t in charge. If it looks like he’s being led by the nose, it’s just because he’s lazy (where do we think William got it?), but he has a guard dog and henchmen to do his work. He just has to put out a hint – “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”

      • The Hench says:

        Wait…maybe we’ve all been looking the wrong way?? Maybe it was Charles who said “Will no-one rid me of this bebuttoned, wigleted scene stealer”??

        We were told he went several times to ‘visit’ her when they were in the same hospital….

        Dun dun der!!!!

      • SussexWatcher says:

        Well, he’s only in charge until it comes to his heir and liege man for life. And then it’s, what, who me put any restrictions or restraints on the Deviled Huevo?! But but but he might throw a tantrum! He might be angry. Better to just let him run amok.

      • Princessk says:

        Charles is not lazy. He must be furious at the lacklustre pace at which Billy and Katey have been working, using the children as an excuse all the time.

  3. Jais says:

    Aw. Charles finally got the Chelsea Flower show that he always wanted.

    • Barb Mill says:

      There wasn’t much thunder to steal. I was on twitter and didn’t see anything about it and didn’t even realise it was happening until I read an article about what Royals and Stars were at the Chelsea Flower Show and they had pictures of the royals but they weren’t prominent I enjoyed all the Bridgerton stars that showed up. I went back to twitter and search and then saw more photos and of course lots of them were of Kate and her picnic from last year and then old pics of Kates play garden with Willy and the kids, and Kate with the Queen so I guess even missing Kate still kind of did steal the show.

      • Jais says:

        Hmm. When did the early years report come out? Maybe there was some bts effort to steal the show😂?

  4. Amy Bee says:

    He’ll probably be still angry because he didn’t get any front pages today.

  5. Nicole says:

    American here. All I can say is there is a reason that celebrities have media training and choreography for poses. Camilla does not look great. Glad you got your much needed attention oxygen guys.

    • seaflower says:

      I’d just be glad if the Garden Hoe got bras that fit.

    • booboocita says:

      As much as the BRF is constantly in the public eye (whether they like it or not), you’d think someone would have at least considered some media training for them all. I guess, if you’re God’s anointed, you don’t need training of any sort. Everyone else should be trained to deal with you.

  6. Chantal1 says:

    “Hoe in the Garden” 😂😂😂😂.

  7. acha says:

    Actually dying at “Hoe in a garden.”

    • BeanieBean says:

      Oh, it just occurred to me! Will people be able to buy little Garden Hoes for their gardens, like Garden Gnomes??

  8. Giddy says:

    The Hoe went to The Show with her King doncha know!

  9. Nic says:

    “Hoe in the garden series…”
    👨‍🍳 💋

  10. Brassy Rebel says:

    I love gardens and flowers. Don’t get me wrong. But I can’t believe that walking around a garden show for a while is such a big deal. And it apparently counts as work!

    • rosa mwemaid says:

      I always thought it was meant to be a fun event.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Yes! I always wanted to go, and may still one day, but it is odd that the royals get to call it ‘work’.

  11. Cheshire Sass says:

    Now every time I’m pulling weeds I’m going to be giggling at “Hoe in a garden” and people will just think I’m a little crazy, which is just fine! So I’m curious – did they get all of the “kick” coverage they wanted, or because no one was there to steal their thunder, the coverage just fades without any fanfair?

  12. OliviaOne says:

    Can I just say I am weirded out by one thing? It has been overcast and raining in SW London all day.. where did Cowmilla find a patch of sun?
    Also, “Hoe In the Garden” is *chef’s kiss*

  13. SALADSPINNER says:

    WTF is going on with that suit jacket? That pocket looks like the pocket of a hand-me-down kids coat. Also, Camilla’s bracelets: in the solo photos it feels like she’s angling for a who-wore-it-better feature. Or maybe somebody asked her to pose like that. Probably the latter.

  14. Serenity says:

    Wow at the Mrs. Ed photo! 😆🤭😬 The photographer was totally trolling her am I right?? The jokes write themselves.

  15. QuiteContrary says:

    The Hoe in the Garden (priceless!) has such a creepy smile. She smiles like she had a toddler for breakfast.

  16. Katie B says:

    Is the release of the Early Years update not an attempt to steal thunder from behind the scenes?

    First release we’ve had from the PoW in ages…

    Also, was the photographer trying to make Camilla look like she was being photographed in a stable?

    • Princessk says:

      The release was totally meaningless, even the media reporting it did so in a way that said this is a load of regurgitated PR.

  17. Lady D says:

    “hoe in the garden” This comment will sustain me for the day. Thank you for the laughs.

  18. Gabby says:

    Save us all from yet another horrid zipper front dress. Crapmilla looks perpetually confused walking around with that slack jawed expression. Close your mouth! I guess a brain steeped in alcohol over decades will do that to you.

    Yeah, Tampon loves Kate like a “daughter”. It’s more like he loves her like he loved the last Princess of Wales. Funny how neither one of them is around to steal his thunder anymore. Is that a coincidence?

    • WithTheAmerican says:

      The way Camilla stole Diana’s hair style during her image rehab and now always has it flipped up like Diana wore it way back, before she cut it short.

      I just realized both Cam and Kate are stealing from Diana. Still.

  19. Chaine says:

    He looks like he’s on his last legs! And she is looking pretty rough too. There has to be a better way of doing makeup as we get older. It just looks ghastly. I’ve stopped wearing anything but foundation 🙁

  20. Beech says:

    Y’guys, 😂🤣😆!

  21. therese says:

    And p.s.: I told her to quit wearing those zip up (or down) house dresses, and she just won’t listen to me.

  22. AC says:

    But at the same time no one in the world GAF 😆. Hardly anyone cared 🌍.

  23. Lucky Charm says:

    I’m still ROFLMAO from reading they were given awards by some school children at a “children’s only” garden: “King of the Compost”, and “Queen of the Bees”. Quite fitting, haha. Those children know he’s full of shit and she’s queen bitch.

  24. Cassie says:

    Christ they look like the walking dead , such awful looking people .

    • Scorpio says:

      They are really both unfortunate looking.

      Dunno how Charles ended up being less attractive than either side of his family, but genetics are weird (says the brown haired woman with a blond husband and a red-headed son)