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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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