Wednesday 19 June 2019

George, Charlotte and Louis visit Kate Middleton's Chelsea garden display in precious new photos

A picture released by Kensington Palace on May 19, 2019 shows Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George (L), Princess Charlotte (C) and Prince Louis at the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed 'Back to Nature' garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. (Photo by Matt Porteous / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP)
A picture released by Kensington Palace on May 19, 2019 shows Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George (L), Princess Charlotte (C) and Prince Louis at the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed 'Back to Nature' garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. (Photo by Matt Porteous / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte swings from a tree in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via Getty Images)
A picture released by Kensington Palace on May 19, 2019 shows Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge standing with Prince Louis in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed 'Back to Nature' garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. (Photo by Matt Porteous / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP)

Catherine Wylie

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have enjoyed a playful visit to their mother's garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Duchess of Cambridge will unveil her woodland wilderness garden - which aims to encourage children to spend more time outdoors - at the event in London this week.

The royal children spent almost an hour playing in the Back To Nature Garden with their parents, as shown in six candid images taken on Sunday.

A barefoot George and Charlotte are seen dangling their legs over a stream, while an excited Louis runs along a wooden path carrying a branch as the Duke of Cambridge looks on smiling.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via Getty Images)

Four-year-old Charlotte, dressed in a floral frock, and one-year-old Louis, wearing shorts and a cardigan, can be seen trying out a swing seat which Kate has already been photographed on in the build-up to this week's show.

Five-year-old George can be seen adventurously clambering across the stream.

Co-created alongside landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Kate's garden aims to highlight the benefits the natural world brings to mental and physical well-being.

The space, which Kate hopes will inspire families "to get outside" and "enjoy nature", features a tree house, waterfall, rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on.

A picture released by Kensington Palace on May 19, 2019 shows Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge standing with Prince Louis in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed 'Back to Nature' garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. (Photo by Matt Porteous / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP)
A picture released by Kensington Palace on May 19, 2019 shows Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge standing with Prince Louis in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed 'Back to Nature' garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. (Photo by Matt Porteous / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP)

William and his two oldest children climbed into the tree house, while the duke also enjoyed a go on the swing.

George, Charlotte and Louis contributed to their mother's creation by collecting leaves, moss and twigs over the past months which were then incorporated into the surroundings of the campfire.

Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden's den.

In the pictures, taken by photographer Matt Porteous and released by Kensington Palace, the family can be seen sat next to the campfire and den.

Toddler Louis looks fascinated as he holds a stone, while Kate, kneeling at his side, wraps her arm around her youngest child.

It is understood Kate, who wore a colourful patterned dress and wedges for the outing, wanted to show her children the finished project on Sunday, so they could see what she has been spending time working on.

Princess Charlotte swings from a tree in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte swings from a tree in the Adam White and Andree Davies co-designed garden ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, on May 19, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace via Getty Images)

Kate has previously said she has "fond memories" of being outdoors as a child and is passing that passion on to her children.

The duchess has been at the site almost every day in the five days leading up to the opening of the event and has been closely involved in the project from the very beginning.

Kate's involvement with the 2019 RHS garden at the Chelsea Flower Show was first revealed earlier in the year.

Kate told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: "I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental well-being, particularly for young children.

"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."

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