British Royal Family

Duchess Catherine dazzles in green as her garden installation moves to Hampton Court

And it turns out, she had a helping hand designing the garden from her own brood!

By Alex Lilly
We love nothing more than when Duchess Catherine steps out for a royal engagement, and her most recent one was no exception.
The Duchess of Cambridge hosted a picnic for children from four of her patronages in her gorgeous Back to Nature Garden installation, which has now been transferred to the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival following its successful run at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The Duchess was joined by children from the Anna Freud National Centre, Evelina Children's Hospital, Action for Children UK and Place2Be, who had the opportunity to explore nature and enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors.
And ever the style icon, Kate looked beautiful in a printed green midi dress by Sandro, paired with her simple espadrilles which are set to be the shoes of the season.
But in classic Kate style, she added a special touch with her earrings by UK high street store Accessorize, which cost her just £8. That's around AUD$14!
Duchess Catherine will forever be one of our royal style icons! (Image: Getty Images)
And it turns out one of her children played a significant part in the garden's design.
Speaking to Jake Catling, director of the Landscaping Consultants, Duchess Catherine revealed that George had requested a special path in the outside space.
He said: "We made the stepping stones because Prince George wanted them. The kids loved jumping across it and it was down to Kate we got that in."
The royal mother-of-three also told the children that her daughter Princess Charlotte had helped her find the pine cones that had been hidden around the garden as part of the treasure hunt.
Kate was in her element as she chatted with the children from her various patronages. (Image: Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge made sure to chat with her guests, but in an especially sweet gesture, Kate comforted eight-year-old schoolgirl Khareesha James, who was feeling shy and bnervous.
Duchess Catherine reportedly took the schoolgirl into a fabric-covered den for a private chat and confessed that when she's feeling shy herself, that's where she likes to hide.
Kharesha's mum Sophia Dowd told HELLO!, "Khareesha is very shy – she doesn't talk too much to people – and she [Duchess Catherine] took her over to speak to her. She was really nice with her."
Duchess Catherine visited the site on Tuesday to help with the planting, and according to Jake, Her Royal Highness was not afraid to get her hands dirty.
"She was very hands on, it was fantastic. She came and did lots of planting and directing everyone around and got involved in the mulching," he said according to reports from HELLO!.
The Duchess of Cambridge was very "hands on" when it came to planting and mulching. (Image: Getty Images)
Kate was particularly taken with one little girl around the same age as Princess Charlotte. (Image: Instagram @kensingtonroyal)
In May, the adorable Cambridge family were snapped as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show and her children helped with the installation back then as well.
In a statement from the Palace, it was revealed that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis assisted their mother by gatherine moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate the garden in time for the show. Too cute!
Watch below: Prince George's cute response to how much he loves Kate's Back to Nature garden.

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