The Duchess of Cambridge’s love affair with gardening continues. On Monday Kate invited a group of children to join her in the Back to Nature garden she designed for that most quintessential of British summer activities: a picnic.
Kate chose a Sandro dress in an appropriate shade of green and beige espadrilles to spend a day alfresco with children from Hampton Hill Junior School, along with guests from four of the charities of which she is patron, the Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be.
The Duchess’s young guests took part in a treasure hunt and an insect spotting walk in the garden, a collaboration between first-time landscape architect Kate and the Royal Horticultural Society, which was first unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year. It has now been extended to twice its original size and transferred to the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.
Playful new additions include a bug hotel, a rolling hill, a hidden burrow, and a bee-friendly wildflower meadow, Kensington Palace said in a tweet. The first visitors to the garden in its original home at the Chelsea Flower Show were Kate’s three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who could be seen exploring the haven created by their mother in sweet pictures shared on the Cambridges’ official Instagram account.
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