|photo: Perbadanan Putrajaya|
Her Majesty spent about an hour visiting various venues at the floral festival including Taman Diraja (Royal Park), Taman Kucing (Cat Park), Floral Pavilion and the latest attraction, the European Spring and Winter Gardens.
A female cat named Cocoon of the Maine Coon species brought specially from Estonia was also introduced to Her Majesty and will keep company 'Louis Vuitton' (LV), from the same species that was presented to Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah during last year's Floria.
Also present were Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor and Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat.
Themed "Tapestry of Hues" with the Lily as the signature flower, the festival which ends on June 7 showcases 100 types of lilies and 400,000 trees of various species.
Tengku Adnan in his speech said the festival this year was accorded Joyce White, World Flower Council International Award of Excellence from the World Flower Council International which also comes with a cash prize of US$500 for a selected particpant at the Floral Pavilion.
"This festival is eagerly awaited by sellers, buyers and flower enthusiasts and holds huge potential for the local flower industry as importers and exporters from both locally and overseas are looking at opportunities to expand their markerts," he said.
He added that the festival this year also set a record with more than 50 landscape artistes and flower arrangers from 28 countries, among them South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Ecuador, Hong Kong, South Korea, Holland, France, Spain, United Kingdom and Oman taking part.
The Floria is open to the public from 7 am to 10.30 pm Monday to Thursday and 9 am to midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.