Kate Middleton invites children for activities in Hampton Court Palace garden

The Duchess of Cambridge joined a group of children for an afternoon of activities in her nature garden.

Kate, 37, invited youngsters from four charities to join her for a treasure hunt, insect spotting walk and a picnic as her garden re-opens at the Royal Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival following a successful stint at the Chelsea Flower Show.  

While the royal dressed down for previous visits to her garden, she is at her polished best today, donning a £260 midi dress from Sandro, a favourite pair beige wedge heels and earrings by high street store Accessorize.

She appeared in excellent spirits as she arrived at the garden, waving to well-wishers and shaking hands with officials before making her way inside.

Back to nature! The Duchess of Cambridge took one little girl's hand as they explored her garden at Hampton Court Palace this afternoon. The royal's garden has re-opened on a new site following a successful stint at the Chelsea Flower Show

Back to nature! The Duchess of Cambridge took one little girl's hand as they explored her garden at Hampton Court Palace this afternoon. The royal's garden has re-opened on a new site following a successful stint at the Chelsea Flower Show

Back to nature! The Duchess of Cambridge took one little girl’s hand as they explored her garden at Hampton Court Palace this afternoon. The royal’s garden has re-opened on a new site following a successful stint at the Chelsea Flower Show

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits and waved to well-wishers as she arrived at the garden

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits and waved to well-wishers as she arrived at the garden

The mother-of-three knelt down to speak to a little girl in the garden

The mother-of-three knelt down to speak to a little girl in the garden

Give us a wave! The Duchess of Cambridge appeared in excellent spirits and waved to well-wishers as she arrived at the garden. She also crouched down to speak to one little girl, right, dressed in a pretty pink dress

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Helping hand: The Duchess of Cambridge spent time insect spotting with some of the children, pictured, shortly after arriving at Hampton Court today

Helping hand: The Duchess of Cambridge spent time insect spotting with some of the children, pictured, shortly after arriving at Hampton Court today

Helping hand: The Duchess of Cambridge spent time insect spotting with some of the children, pictured, shortly after arriving at Hampton Court today

Creepy crawlies: The Duchess pointed out little bugs and insects as she took a stroll through the garden with the children

Creepy crawlies: The Duchess pointed out little bugs and insects as she took a stroll through the garden with the children

Green-fingered Kate was in her element during the outing

Green-fingered Kate was in her element during the outing

Creepy crawlies: The Duchess pointed out little bugs and insects as she took a stroll through the garden with the children

At one with nature! The Duchess struck the right note in an elegant green patterned midi dress as she treated youngsters to a tour of her re-opened garden at Hampton Court Palace

At one with nature! The Duchess struck the right note in an elegant green patterned midi dress as she treated youngsters to a tour of her re-opened garden at Hampton Court Palace

At one with nature! The Duchess struck the right note in an elegant green patterned midi dress as she treated youngsters to a tour of her re-opened garden at Hampton Court Palace 

In her element: The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she spoke to youngsters about her garden today

In her element: The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she spoke to youngsters about her garden today

The royal smiled and laughed during the appearance at Hampton Court Palace

The royal smiled and laughed during the appearance at Hampton Court Palace

In her element: The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she spoke to youngsters about her garden today, left and right 

Young fans! The Duchess of Cambridge delighted two little girls by bending down to speak to them during the garden visit

Young fans! The Duchess of Cambridge delighted two little girls by bending down to speak to them during the garden visit

Young fans! The Duchess of Cambridge delighted two little girls by bending down to speak to them during the garden visit 

Kate will be joined by children from four of her patronages: the Anna Freud Centre, Evelina Children’s Hospital, Action for Children and Place2Be. 

The children will have the opportunity to explore the garden and experience the positive effects of spending time outside.

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to some of the children on her way into the garden. She was heard asking how many things they needed to find in the treasure hunt. 

The RHS Back to Nature garden at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is double the size of the original.  

Exploring: A little girl held a magnifying glass as she got a better look at some of the bugs in Kate's Back To Nature Garden

Exploring: A little girl held a magnifying glass as she got a better look at some of the bugs in Kate's Back To Nature Garden

Exploring: A little girl held a magnifying glass as she got a better look at some of the bugs in Kate’s Back To Nature Garden

The Duchess couldn't keep the smile from her face during the visit

The Duchess couldn't keep the smile from her face during the visit

Here's one to take home! Beaming Kate looked pleased to be heading home with a tiny succulent

Here's one to take home! Beaming Kate looked pleased to be heading home with a tiny succulent

Here’s one to take home! Beaming Kate looked pleased to be heading home with a tiny succulent, right, after the visit

Family fun: Kate joined schoolboys for a walk around the garden, which is designed to encourage kids to get outdoors

Family fun: Kate joined schoolboys for a walk around the garden, which is designed to encourage kids to get outdoors

Family fun: Kate joined schoolboys for a walk around the garden, which is designed to encourage kids to get outdoors

Putting her best foot forward: Despite spending time in the garden

Putting her best foot forward: Despite spending time in the garden

Kate still opted for heeled wedges for the outing

Kate still opted for heeled wedges for the outing

Putting her best foot forward: Despite spending time in the garden (left), Kate still opted for heeled wedges for the outing

Look at that! Kate helped visiting children identify some of the wildlife that calls her royal garden home

Look at that! Kate helped visiting children identify some of the wildlife that calls her royal garden home

Look at that! Kate helped visiting children identify some of the wildlife that calls her royal garden home

Passion project: The Duchess of Cambridge paid a number of visits to the garden's first location and is ensuring the same attention is paid now that its in its new home of Hampton Court Palace

Passion project: The Duchess of Cambridge paid a number of visits to the garden's first location and is ensuring the same attention is paid now that its in its new home of Hampton Court Palace

Kate visited the garden today

Kate visited the garden today

Passion project: The Duchess of Cambridge paid a number of visits to the garden’s first location and is ensuring the same attention is paid now that its in its new home of Hampton Court Palace. The garden is now twice the size

They're going on an insect hunt! The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by schoolchildren as they explored the garden

They're going on an insect hunt! The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by schoolchildren as they explored the garden

They’re going on an insect hunt! The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by schoolchildren as they explored the garden

The garden has once again been created through a collaboration between Her Royal Highness, landscape architects Davies White and the RHS. 

Features like the hollow log and rustic dens will return from Chelsea, in addition to a new hidden burrow, rolling hill and stream. 

Thousands more families will be able to enjoy the garden, in addition to over 19,500 visitors who saw it at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The design has the same wild and natural feel but has been developed further in order to create additional opportunities for children and families to interact with nature. 

Royal vision: Kate was on hand to tell visitors more about her mission to bring more children out into nature

Royal vision: Kate was on hand to tell visitors more about her mission to bring more children out into nature

The Duchess of Cambridge speaking to children in the garden today

The Duchess of Cambridge speaking to children in the garden today

Royal vision: Kate was on hand to tell visitors more about her mission to bring more children out into nature

Kate, 37, has invited youngsters from a number of charities to join her for a treasure hunt and a picnic as the garden re-opens at the Royal Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, following a successful stint at the Chelsea Flower Show

Kate, 37, has invited youngsters from a number of charities to join her for a treasure hunt and a picnic as the garden re-opens at the Royal Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, following a successful stint at the Chelsea Flower Show

Kate, 37, has invited youngsters from a number of charities to join her for a treasure hunt and a picnic as the garden re-opens at the Royal Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, following a successful stint at the Chelsea Flower Show

Green fingers! The Duchess was seen carrying a small succulent plant as she waved goodbye to youngsters after an afternoon of treasure hunting in her nature garden

Green fingers! The Duchess was seen carrying a small succulent plant as she waved goodbye to youngsters after an afternoon of treasure hunting in her nature garden

Green fingers! The Duchess was seen carrying a small succulent plant as she waved goodbye to youngsters after an afternoon of treasure hunting in her nature garden 

There is a pond to paddle in, a bug hotel that provides habitats for all sorts of wildlife, as well as a bee-friendly wildflower meadow. 

As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, The Duchess believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness.

Her garden highlights how time spent in natural environments can help build the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime. 

Wilderness retreat: The waterfall and pond in the royal's garden is designed to get children splashing around in the water

Wilderness retreat: The waterfall and pond in the royal's garden is designed to get children splashing around in the water

Wilderness retreat: The waterfall and pond in the royal’s garden is designed to get children splashing around in the water

Playing outdoors: The rustic dens make a return from Chelsea

Playing outdoors: The rustic dens make a return from Chelsea

The log hollow also returns

The log hollow also returns

Playing outdoors: The rustic dens, left, and log hollows, right, return from Chelsea but the garden is twice the size

Save the bees! There is a pond to paddle in, a bug hotel,  as well as a bee-friendly wildflower meadow, pictured

Save the bees! There is a pond to paddle in, a bug hotel,  as well as a bee-friendly wildflower meadow, pictured

Save the bees! There is a pond to paddle in, a bug hotel,  as well as a bee-friendly wildflower meadow, pictured

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