Kate Middleton, 37, has teamed up with the world’s longest running children’s TV programme to open a royal garden competition for children to design a sculpture to go into her Back to Nature garden.
The mother-of-three is heard asking a little girl whether she has built a den before, as she helps her young ‘team Kate’ collect branches for their build.
The Duchess, who has a love for the great outdoors, is hoping to encourage families and children to interact with nature regardless of where they might live.
Kate created a special collection of outdoor activity cards to accompany the garden, which will arrive at RHS Wisley in September, and the two runners-up will also get to design their very own Blue Peter activity card.
The Duchess of Cambridge is seen building a den with children in a video posted to the Kensington Palace Instagram today, ahead of her appearance on Blue Peter tonight
Kate Middleton, 37, has teamed up with the world’s longest running children’s TV programme to open a royal garden competition for children to design a sculpture to go into her Back to Nature garden
The video shows Kate, dressed in a khaki jacket with her hair tied up, asking a little girl: ‘Have you built a den before?’, as they collect twigs for their forest house.
The no-nonsense youngster comically replies: ‘Yeah’, before continuing with the task at hand.
The royal then helps a little boy pick up a huge branch, which they use to build a tepee style creation, as she advises: ‘Shall we put this right at the top?’, before adding: ‘Well done!’.
Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell asks: ‘Team Catherine how are we getting on over there?’, to which Kate replies: ‘Not bad, we have a few holes over here’.
Kate exclaims: ‘There are so many cool things in here!’, as Lindsey asks: ‘Where are you finding all these logs from?’.
Lindsey then praises Kate’s team for their den, adding: ‘Top marks for creativity’.
Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell asks: ‘Team Catherine how are we getting on over there?’, to which Kate replies: ‘Not bad, we have a few holes over here’
The royal then helps a little boy pick up a huge branch, which they use to build a tepee style creation, as she advises: ‘Shall we put this right at the top?’, before adding: ‘Well done!’
Lindsey then praises Kate’s team for their den, adding: ‘Top marks for creativity’
Kate Middleton, 37, will launch a royal competition on Blue Peter this evening which invites children to design a sculpture for her Back to Nature garden
The Duchess of Cambridge, who has a great love of the outdoors, is passionate about encouraging children to get back to nature. (pictured, pond dipping with some Blue Peter badge winners)
Kate, pictured here with Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell, will talk about her passion for the environment on tonight’s show
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Kate and Williams were awarded gold Blue Peter badges, the most prestigious available, for their campaign work around mental health and mental health issues affecting children
The competition will launch on tonight’s programme and will include a film that the duchess made with local school children at Westminster City Council’s Paddington Recreation Ground.
Fresh from designing her woodland garden for RHS Chelsea Flower show last month, Kate gets stuck in with pond dipping – which she reveals is ‘massively up my street’ – planting and team den building.
Clearly excited at the prospect of den building – which she said she has done before – she says to the children: ‘I love it, but I am in your hands’.
The usually polished Duchess opts for a practical look in the pre-recorded piece, sweeping her hair up into a pony tail to reveal delicate heart earrings.
The excited royal builds a den while on Blue Peter this evening, telling one little girl she is happy for her to take the lead
The adventure-loving royal donned a similar outfit for the programme to one worn earlier this week during a visit to Cumbria (pictured with Prince William on Tuesday). On this occasion, Kate swapped her hiking boots trendy khaki trainers
The outdoors-loving royal donned a £275 green utility jacket by Taylor London, which is believed to be a new addition to her royal wardrobe, and black skinny jeans.
The frilled collar of a light white blouse was visible peeping out the top of her jacket.
Kate wore a near identical outfit to visit a farm in Cumbria on Tuesday this week, although she appeared to have swapped her favourite £250 See By Chloé combat boots for a pair of comfy green trainers.
The practical royal had also rolled up the sleeves of her jacket as she prepared to get her hands dirty in the garden with the children.
Kate’s garden won the approval of husband Prince William and the Queen, who visited the Chelsea Flower Show on 20 May 2019
The royal welcomed her family to her Back to Nature garden, with the exhibit winning the praise of Prince George and Princess Charlotte (pictured)
The royals and Blue Peter
This is not the first time Kate Middleton has appeared on the iconic children’s television programme.
She visited the Blue Peter studio in December 2017 with husband Prince William.
The couple were awarded gold Blue Peter badges, the most prestigious available, for their campaign work around mental health and mental health issues affecting children.
At the time, William said it was ‘very, very special.’
Kate told the BBC show’s presenters: ‘It’s hugely special. Mental health has been a learning process for us too … We want to get everyone talking about it so it hasn’t got that stigma it’s had.’
The show has a long history of links with the royal family.
Princess Anne and Prince Charles have both filmed on safari for the show, while Prince Edward and Andrew visited the set as youngsters.
And in 2008, the Queen hosted a 50th Anniversary with a reception at Buckingham Palace and was also awarded a gold badge.
Prince William joined Kate in the garden with their children back in May. The royals have spoken about their passion for living an outdoors lifestyle (pictured with Prince George and Prince Louis)
Her outfit was finished with the addition of the gold Blue Peter badge, which she was awarded alongside Prince William in December 2017.
In the programme, the Duchess will talk about her passion for the environment and the outdoors and how she enjoys spending time outside with her family whatever the weather.
As a strong advocate for the importance of early years Kate will also address the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development.
Speaking about the importance of being outside, Kate will say: ‘It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time – 10-15 minutes outside – makes a huge difference to physical well-being but also to our mental well-being.’
Prince Louis enjoyed his visit to the Back to Nature Chelsea garden last month with Kate and William. The Duchess has been vocal about her desire for children to get outside
The winner will have their sculpture built and installed in the duchess’s garden, which will be inspired by the duchess’s original RHS Back to Nature Chelsea garden.
The sculpture will bring a new and completely original element to the design.
Kate received a double seal of approval for her Chelsea Flower Show garden – from the Queen and from Prince George.
While the monarch beamed with delight and declared the garden ‘very tidy’, George told his mother that he gave her ’20 out of ten!’ for her Back to Nature forest extravaganza.