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The Palace just dropped a new image of Duchess Catherine like we've never seen her before

The green-fingered royal isn't afraid of getting stuck in.

By Jess Pullar
If anyone could make an afternoon getting stuck into the garden look glamorous, it would be Duchess Catherine.
The British royal is currently in lockdown with her family in their country home in Norfolk, and while their summertime outlook is a little uncertain this year, that hasn't stopped them from reminiscing on summers gone by - that is, if you consider the family's latest post on Instagram.
If you cast your minds back to May 2019, you might remember a certain outdoor garden making waves across Britain, and indeed any royal watching human around the world.
In a royal first, Duchess Catherine, ever the creative, joined forces with the Chelsea Flower Show, where she created a very special garden designed to encourage outdoor learning and recreation for young children.
Named the Back to Nature garden, the design struck a chord with royal fans and parents across the UK.
Inspired by her own childhood memories, Kate's creation aimed to spark "special moments that will be created and treasured by families now and in the future."
Kate is a strong advocate for early childhood learning, and encouraging the outdoors. (Getty)
The design itself was impressive - featuring a rope swing, climbing steps and plenty of greenery.
"I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together," Kate said of her landscape at the time.
Clearly, the sentiment still rings true.
This week, on what should have been the 2020 Chelsea Flower Show, Kate and William's official Instagram page shared another special image of the garden while the Duchess was working on it last year.
The 38-year-old can be seen getting well and truly stuck in, her hair pulled back in a rough bun, she wears a casual button down shirt and blue jeans and sneakers.
We've certainly never seen the Duchess quite like this before - but we're completely inspired to overhaul our own gardens now (if we hadn't already done so in quarantine...)
A stunning new image of Kate getting stuck into the garden was shared on Instagram. (Kensington Royal)
The image also came with a very special announcement.
"One year on from The Duchess of Cambridge's #BackToNature Garden, the Chelsea Flower Show is going digital!" The caption read.
The statement invited people across the UK and beyond to join the show "for practical gardening advice from world-leading designers and experts, all from the comfort of your own home."
The caption ended: "The Duchess's Back to Nature garden in 2019 aimed to highlight the physical and mental health benefits of the natural world and inspire children, families, and communities to enjoy the great outdoors."

Of course, like last year, we can guarantee Kate's three young children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, two, will be all over those precious outdoor moments over the coming months as the weather warms in the UK, while people are still urged to remain at home.
Last year, we got a sneak peek at what that would look like when the Palace shared a gorgeous video of the family-of-five playing in Kate's garden design.
Watch the best moments from it in the player below and at the top - and bear witness to the glorious moment where Prince George rates the garden a solid twenty out of ten.

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