The Duchess of Cambridge has never shied away from getting her hands dirty while carrying out her official royal duties. Now Catherine has shown off her green fingers as she joined families from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which she is patron of, to help plant a garden at The Nook, one of the charity’s purpose-build hospices.
For the special visit, Catherine wore a beautiful flowy dress from international label Faithfull The Brand, which featured pretty puffy sleeves and a pastel floral pattern. The duchess teamed the look with one of her favourite pairs of espadrilles and wore her hair in a straight style.
Refusing to let style hamper her abilities, Catherine can be seen bending down to the ground, and plunging her bare hands into bags full of soil in the photos which were shared on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account.
“This #ChildrensHospiceWeek The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of @eachhospices since 2012, joined families to plant a garden for The Nook, one of EACH’s purpose-built hospices,” the caption read.
“Using plants bought during her visit to Fakenham Garden Centre last week, The Duchess worked alongside an EACH volunteer gardener and a family to plant a garden that will provide enjoyment for children and families.”
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🌻 This #ChildrensHospiceWeek The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of @eachhospices since 2012, joined families to plant a garden for The Nook, one of EACH’s purpose-built hospices. Using plants bought during her visit to Fakenham Garden Centre last week, The Duchess worked alongside an EACH volunteer gardener and a family to plant a garden that will provide enjoyment for children and families. Throughout the pandemic EACH has continued to deliver end of life and emergency crisis care as well as bereavement support. Marking the end of Children’s Hospice Week, The Duchess also met with staff from EACH’s care and facilities teams to thank them for the incredible work that they do. Organised by the UK charity Together for Short Lives, Children’s Hospice Week 2020 celebrates and raise vital funds for the UK’s 54 children’s hospices — visit @togetherforshortlives to find out more.
Many royal fans were quick to praise Catherine for her efforts, with one writing: “This is incredible.” Another added: “Great work Kate!! You look gorgeous.” And a third wrote: “She is so lovely.”
During the engagement, the royal also revealed that her children, George, six, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, are having a sunflower-growing competition. “Louis is winning so George is a little grumpy about that,” she said.
It comes just days after the mother-of-three stepped out on her own as she visited Fakenham Garden Centre, where she met the centre’s owners and staff members and heard more about the measures that the garden centre has implemented to keep customers safe. The duchess’ visit was in line with the reopening of non-essential shops across the United Kingdom as restrictions begin to ease.
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