We have new photos of the Duchess to share, all related to her “Back to Nature” garden project for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
Kensington Palace released the pictures Saturday night. This is the garden Kate has been working on for months, co-designed with Andrée Davies and Adam White (of Davies White Landscape Architects) in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. Above you see the Duchess on a swing that is part of the garden, and here you see her working on-site with Ms. Davies last Wednesday.
A refresher on the project from an earlier post: “Called the RHS Back to Nature Garden, it is hoped the project will showcase the benefits of the natural world and trigger memories of times people have spent in nature, encouraging others to go out and create new experiences in the great outdoors.” Below, Kate in an early meeting talking about plans for the garden.
The preview for the Chelsea Flower Show is Monday, the day when members of the Royal Family visit the show. While there’s been no official announcement that Kate will be there, it would make sense she would be on hand as the project is revealed. Here is one of the drawings showing the garden design.
A news release shared details about the plans: “It will provide a wonderful place to retreat and look out through the trees. The garden will also feature a swing seat, rustic den, and a campfire to encourage creative play and discovery for all generations.”
More about the plants selected for the garden from Kensington Palace.
The Telegraph reports, “The Duchess will take her own children to see the garden in the coming days. The blue and green planting scheme includes forget-me-nots, known to have been the favourite flower of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.”
More on the thought process behind the garden from The Telegraph’s article, quoting from a letter Kate sent mental health experts:
“In recent years I have focussed much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life,” she said.
“I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.”
The garden includes sensory plants, rustic play equipment, and is designed to boost practical skills such as coordination as well as fostering a love of the natural world.
As indicated in the story, the garden is not only for decorative purposes but meant to be used by children attending the show. Below, the treehouse, sure to be a favorite part of the garden.
More from a Telegraph story on the making of the garden:
Until now, the details have been kept under wraps – shrouding the most eagerly anticipated attraction of the 2019 show in mystery ahead of its grand unveiling next week.
And we can now reveal that among the many child-friendly, playful features, the 37-year-old’s magical garden is set to boast both a stream and Enid Blyton-esque, high-platform tree house, clad in stag horn oak and whimsically reminiscent of a bird’s nest.
It will be fun to see the finished garden.
Now for a very quick look at what Kate is wearing in the new pictures.
The woven shirt looks like it could be a Jaeger style, the brand’s Fine Stripe Roll-Sleeve style. The shirt is 100% linen with a front pocket, relaxed silhouette, and 3/4-length sleeve. It is available on the John Lewis US site ($133) and also on the Jaeger site (£99, about $126 at today’s exchange rates). Our thanks to Middleton Maven for her ID of this piece.
UPDATE May 20: In watching the BBC interview it looks like Kate’s shirt pocket is different than that seen on the Jaeger shirt. I will hunt for better photos and/or video to see if I can get a screengrab. A big “thank you” to Giulia for noticing and tweeting about this. It is difficult to see, but there is a button at the top of the pocket.
UPDATE: It appears the Duchess was wearing a piece by Jaeger, the British retailer’s Linen Aqua Shirt.
The piece is 100% linen with three-quarter sleeves, tabs to keep the rolled-up sleeves in place, a back yoke, and a button front.
The Duchess has worn the brand’s linen shirts before; below you see her in one when hiking in the Himalayas during the Bhutan visit.
As far as the striped tee goes, Alexandra raised an interesting possibility on Twitter.
— alexandra (@ACesarova) May 18, 2019
It’s difficult to tell from the photos, but the top looks identical to that worn today, and it certainly would not be the first time the sisters shared a garment. If it is the top worn by Pippa Middleton, it is a Warehouse piece.
The Duchess appears to be wearing the Berghaus boots first noted in the photos from Norfolk. (I did not publish photos from this event; you can see some here.)
Kate’s belt looks like the Mulberry style worn in Haida Gwaii during the 2016 Canada tour.
The jeans are not yet IDed. Should that info become available I will update the post. And should we hear anything definitive about Kate being at the show on Monday I will also update here and on the Kate’s Calendar page.
UPDATE FEB 25, 2021: It looks like Kate’s socks are by an Irish company, Donegal Socks, available through Campbells of Ardara.
The Ladies Donegal Mountain Walking Socks come in packs of three ($36). The 100% woolen socks are handcrafted in the little village of Glenties, according to the product description. “The rugged colours in the tweed wool reflect how the mountains and moor intertwine with hues of wild sea and blue sky in the patchwork weave of colour that is Ireland’s Donegal.”
More from this Donegal Daily story, quoting the firm’s Managing Director, Martin Breslin:
We supply two different types of socks to the National Trust and this is one of them. Prince Charles is chairman of the trust so that’s probably how she was supplied with them.
Thank you to Carly of Kate Middleton Style for the fab tip!
Don’t miss our post on Kate’s look for the family visit to the Garden.
ITN’s Royal Family Channel video runs about 1:50.
In this video from The Sun, you will see video of the Cambridges playing in the garden and also hear Kate’s interview.
- Learn more about the Royal Chelsea Flower Show at by clicking here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; Twitter feed here; the RHS Instagram page is here.
- The Telegraph’s story about the garden is here; another Telegraph piece, this one on the Making of the garden, is here; a Daily Mail story is here; The Sun’s coverage is here
- A Hello! piece on the garden is here; People’s story is here