As a member of the royal family, Kate Middleton might have all of the resources and the luxury that the world can offer a parent. However, the Duchess of Cambridge admits that she is well aware of what kind of struggle parenting can be and especially for those who work to provide for their children on a daily basis. While at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to unveil her Back to Nature Garden, Kate Middleton spoke about her conversations with parents and other caretakers who make an effort to raise their children outdoors.
Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have made a point of making sure that their own three children, 5-year-old Prince George, 4-year-old Princess Charlotte and 1-year-old Prince Louis, spend as much of their childhood outdoors, where they can play, explore and experience all that Mother Nature has to offer.
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Thank you everyone that joined The Duchess of Cambridge in her #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden this morning! Ahead of joining The Queen and Members of @TheRoyalFamily at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Monday evening, The Duchess was joined by local schoolchildren for some outdoor activities, including reed boat baking and marshmallow toasting. The Duchess also took the opportunity to thank the incredible team of collaborators who have been involved in the project. The Duchess has designed @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden to inspire children, families and communities to get outside and enjoy the huge benefits that nature has on our physical and mental wellbeing.
According to Britain’s Express, the Duchess said that one of her goals is to make sure that every child has access to outside play areas and gardens throughout Britain. She said that regardless of location, demographic or circumstance, every child should have the chance to grow up both healthy and happy. One of the ways they can do so is by connecting with nature and more specifically, gardens.
The future Queen Consort of England said, “It has been reaffirming and immensely heartening to hear from the parents you work with about what they need, and what they want for the children in their care. It is heartbreaking to know that there is a long way to go to realizing this wish."
The Duchess is a huge advocate of mental health awareness and says that spending time outdoors can be not only beneficial for children, but adults as well. She says that spending time outside can play a role in laying out the foundations for children to become happy and healthy adults and that’s why she’s been working behind the scenes to make sure that her garden is enjoyable for all the guests that visit, regardless of their age.
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90% of our adult brains are developed before the age of 5 and what a child experiences in those really early years directly affects how the brain develops. That’s why I think it’s so important, whether we’re parents or carers or family members, really engage in quality time with children and babies from a really young age. I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young kiddies. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden is a natural, creative place for them to play. I really hope that this woodland that we have created, in a huge collaboration here really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors and spend quality time together. #ChelseaFlowerShow
Kate Middleton added that she has been hard at work preparing for the debut of her garden. The Duchess helped design it with landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White. To celebrate the garden’s debut, Kensington Palace shared several behind-the-scenes photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoying the garden with their children. In one photo, it appears as though Prince Louis has not only learned how to walk but is running as well.