George and Charlotte’s secret garden playdate
George and Charlotte’s secret garden playdate: Kate returned with Royal siblings to her woodland playground for one last adventure before end of Chelsea Flower Show
- Prince George and Princess Charlotte visited garden before the show opened
- The 7.15am RHS visit allowed the ‘excited’ little royals to ‘water the garden’
- On Sunday Kate and William’s children clambered on rocks and splashed in the stream in the Duchess’ Chelsea Flower Show ‘woodland’ garden
The Duchess of Cambridge delighted Prince George and Princess Charlotte by taking them for a secret early-morning trip to her Royal Flower Show Garden yesterday.
The royal visit was such a secret one member of the public was even told by police to delete a photograph they had taken of the family.
A royal source told the Sun the duchess arrived at 7.15am with her three children as the young royals had ‘wanted to get up early to water the garden’, adding, ‘They are excited to be back.’
Kate and the children spent around 20 minutes at the Royal Horticultural Society ‘Back to Nature’ garden.
A barefoot George and Charlotte were seen dangling their legs over a stream in the pictures released by Kensington Palace following their visit on Sunday
Princess Charlotte swinging on a rope swing during a family visit to The Duchess of Cambridge ‘Back to Nature’ Garden co-designed with Adam White and Andree Davies
But the show, which opens to the public at 8am, does not ordinarily allow children under the age of five to visit the gardens.
On one of her previous visits to her garden the Duchess urged families to make the most of nature as she took her own children for an adventure in the woodland playground she created at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and little Prince Louis enjoyed frolicking around the garden with their parents on Sunday.
A short clip released by Kensington Palace showed George, five, and Charlotte, four, taking their shoes off before clambering around a rock pool and paddling in a stream while one-year-old Louis is gently pushed on a rope swing by Prince William.
In the video, the Duchess said parents should spend as much ‘quality time’ with their children at a young age as possible to help their development, particularly outdoors.
The Duke and Duchess took their children, pictured, to a sneak preview of Kate’s garden over the weekend
Prince William was seen pushing one-year-old son Prince Louis on a rope swing in the garden
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during a sneak peek of Kate’s stunning garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show on Sunday
Speaking about her wilderness garden, which will be unveiled at the show on Tuesday, the Duchess said: ‘This is a natural, creative place for them to play.
‘I really hope this woodland that we have created here really inspires families and kids and communities in general to get outside, enjoy nature, enjoy the outdoors and really spend quality time together.’
She added: ‘There’s an amazing fact that I learned recently that 90 per cent of our adult brains are developed before the age of five and what a child experiences in these really early years directly affects how their brain develops.
‘That’s why I think it’s so important that all of us, whether we are parents or carers or family members, really engage in quality time with our children and babies from a really young age.’
Barefoot George and Charlotte were also seen dangling their legs over a stream, while an excited Louis ran along a wooden path carrying a branch as the Duke of Cambridge looked on smiling.
The Duchess said the garden was inspired by time she spent with her children outdoors and added they were actively involved in collecting twigs, logs and moss from around Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home.
The RHS Back to Nature Garden, designed by Kate with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, is a woodland setting for families and communities to connect with nature.
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