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Queen displays gallows humour with poison plant quip

By Tony Jones

The Queen has revealed a darker side to her sense of humour by joking about being killed off by a poisonous plant.

The monarch's quip came as she was joined by her family at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were making their first visit to the horticultural show and were joined by Prince Harry and the Duke of Edinburgh.

As the Queen walked around, gardener Jekka McVicar told her how the flowering plant lily of the valley was once used as a poison. She said: "(The Queen) said, 'I've been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead'."

The Queen was also photographed behind a cut-out of her own head, filled with flowers.

The striking image, featuring hydrangeas, sweet peas and other flowers, was created by Ming Veevers Carter (56) for the New Covent Garden Flower Market.

Ms Veevers Carter said: "I asked her (the Queen), 'Did you like it?' She said, 'Yes, it's very nice'. I said 'Thank you' because we did it specially in honour of her.

"I was a bit worried in case she said, 'What the hell were you thinking of?'"

"The Queen said, 'The most difficult part was probably the cut-out.' I said, 'Yes, it was probably the trickiest'."

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