Yesterday we showed you six newly-released photos of royals Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis playing together. Today we’ve got some very delightful video footage of their adventurous play date.
Barefoot and back to nature
The garden is part-recreation of the area around the family’s country home, and part the result of putting lots of green-thumbed imaginations together to come up with something that would delight children.
It features exciting elements such as a treehouse, a campfire, a bridge and a flowing stream, with kids encouraged to get amongst it and kick their shoes off.
George and Charlotte did exactly that, going barefoot as they paddled through what appeared to be quite bracingly chilly water!
Twenty out of ten!
Prince George could not have loved his handiwork more.
“What would you give it out of ten, George?” William asks his son about the Back To Nature garden his wife Duchess Kate helped co-create. “How many marks? With ten being the highest.”
“Twenty!” Prince George responded.
“Twenty out of ten? That’s pretty good. I think Mummy’s done well,” William declared.
“How amazing is that?” a chuffed Kate asks Prince Louis.
“Have you been on it?” William then asks Charlotte of the swing he’s sitting on.
“Yeah!” she says.
“Give me a push?” William asks as Princess Charlotte wanders off.
Kisses for the Queen
Yesterday the Queen visited the Back to Nature garden and was shown around by Duchess Kate with William in tow.
“It’s very tidy,” the Queen told the pair, who greeted the monarch aka granny with kisses on both cheeks.
“During the tour, Kate pointed out the blue colour scheme, featuring bluebells and forget-me-nots (Princess Diana’s favourite flower), the stream her children had played in on Sunday and the moss and sticks they had collected for the den,” People magazine reports.
“All the sticks are from Anmer and the children collected the pine cones,” Kate explained proudly, mentioning the family’s country home.
The garden features a pine tree because Prince William recalls the smell of the trees as a particularly fond childhood memory.
“So much kiddies can learn”
Speaking to the BBC about the garden she helped create, Kate explained why getting involved was so important to her noting that being outside and watching things grow helped develop everything from empathy to motor skills.
“90 percent of our adult brains are developed before the age of five and what a child experiences in those really early years directly affects how the brain develops,” Kate said.
“That’s why I think it’s so important, whether we’re parents or carers or family members, really engage in quality time with children and babies from a really young age. I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young kiddies.”
“I really hope that this woodland that we have created, in a huge collaboration here really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors and spend quality time together.”
Kate then hosted two primary school visits in the garden and talked the young students through its features.
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Thank you everyone that joined The Duchess of Cambridge in her #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden this morning! Ahead of joining The Queen and Members of @TheRoyalFamily at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Monday evening, The Duchess was joined by local schoolchildren for some outdoor activities, including reed boat baking and marshmallow toasting. The Duchess also took the opportunity to thank the incredible team of collaborators who have been involved in the project. The Duchess has designed @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden to inspire children, families and communities to get outside and enjoy the huge benefits that nature has on our physical and mental wellbeing.
“So lovely to hear George’s voice”
Followers of the royal family loved seeing them playing together and interacting on video.
“This is so amazing,” one wrote, summing it all up. “It is so lovely to hear George’s voice. And I love William on the swing. His expression on the swing is priceless. William and Kate are such amazing parents.”
“I love the way the whole family has joined together to support Kate on such an amazing project. The kids clearly enjoyed their time in their Mummy’s garden. And I love how much support William and Kate give to each other. So nice to see. Congratulations Kate on the success of your beautiful garden. Such a loving and beautiful young family.”