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'She looked like a rich lady' - Kate Middleton opens new playground to the delight of local schoolchildren

Sasha Brady

Published 04/05/2016 | 13:04

Kate Middleton tours the
Kate Middleton tours the "Magic Garden" children's play area at Hampton Court Palace/ AFP / BEN STANSALL
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Kate Middleton officially opened a new playground in London on Tuesday and charmed the school children who turned out to meet her.

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Despite the balmy onset of summer weather, Kate was wearing one of her favourite coats, a grey number by Michael Kors, teamed with nude shoes and a matching clutch, both from L.K. Bennett.

Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Kate told the school children in attendance how she thought George (2), would be scared of the playground's 25-foot-long dragon.

According to the Daily Mail, the Duchess spoke to two eight-year-old girls named Elodie and Olivia, who said she "looked like a very rich lady".

Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The little girls, who attend local school St John the Baptist Junior School, were eager to talk about their experience with Kate.

Elodie said: "She asked us what lessons we were missing and how school is. She said George would love the dragon but he would be a bit scared."

Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Olivia added: "It was very exciting. She looked like a very rich lady."

The playground, in Hampton Court Palace in London's Richmond, is located on grounds that used to be used for medieval sports such as jousting.

Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

It took six years to transform the land into a colourful children’s playground complete with a 25-foot long dragon.

There's no doubt George will have plenty of fun in the magical landscape but unfortunately Charlotte is too young as visitors need to be at least two-years-old to play there.

Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The royal is expected to attend a short reception in the grounds of the historic royal residence and unveil a plaque to celebrate the garden's official opening.

Later, she will undertake her first engagement as newly-announced patron of a children's mental health centre in London, the Anna Freud Centre.

Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Along with William and Harry, the mother-of-two wants to help "change the national conversation" on mental health.

Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Kate Middleton officially opens The Magic Garden At Hampton Court Palace on May 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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