Little Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were pictured playing barefoot in the woodland wilderness garden designed by their mother. The royal children spent almost an hour in the Back To Nature Garden with their parents, letting their feet dangle over a stream and running around with excitement. 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.
And adorable Princess Charlotte, dressed in a floral frock, almost mirrors her mother as she plays on the same swing which Kate has already been photographed on.
The snaps, taken by photographer Matt Porteous and released by Kensington Palace, are also a rare occasion for royal fans to see how lively and energetic Prince Louis, who turned one on April 23, really is.
In one picture, the little prince excitedly runs along a wooden path carrying a branch, with the Duke of Cambridge proudly looking on with a smile on his face.
The Duchess of Cambridge will unveil her woodland wilderness garden at the London event later this week, in a bid to encourage children to spend more time outdoors.
Kate created the special garden with the help of landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects.
But the little princes were also involved in the creation of the space.
George, Charlotte and Louis contributed to their mother’s idea 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.
Kate is a strong advocate for the benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular.
She was involved in the project from the beginning and made numerous visits to the Chelsea Flower Show site once the building of the garden began.
The space designed by Kate also features a bunch of blue forget-me-nots, some of Princess Diana’s favourite flowers, a choice believed to be a nod to the Duchess’ late mother-in-law.
According to Earl Spencer, Diana’s younger brother, these flowers became her favourite after he gifted her with a bunch during their childhood.
Sean Harking, head gardener at Kensington Palace, told Vogue: “Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s bother, gave some forget-me-nots to her when they were younger.
“They stayed with her as one of her favourite flowers.”