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In Pictures: Green-finger Kate welcomes Queen to wilderness garden

The duchess designed the woodland space for the annual RHS Chelsea Flower show.

The Queen is shown around the Back to Nature by the designer the Duchess of Cambridge (Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA)
The Queen is shown around the Back to Nature by the designer the Duchess of Cambridge (Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have given the Queen a guided tour of Kate’s Back To Nature garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden aims to highlight the benefits the natural world brings to mental and physical well-being.

It was co-created alongside landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White, and the Royal Horticultural Society.

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Kate explained many of the garden’s features to her husband’s grandmother (Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA)
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The Queen remarked that it was a wonder the designers could fit so many features into a small space (Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA)
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The Queen attends the Chelsea Flower Show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea every year (Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA)
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The Queen was also shown some of the other special gardens (Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA)
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William joked to his grandmother that he had ‘smartened up out of his ‘green clothes’ (Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA)
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In a nod to the flowers on display at the show, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a blue and white floral-patterned Erdem dress (Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA)

Earlier in the day, Kate had played with schoolchildren in the woodland-themed garden.

The hands-on duchess, dressed casually in a white blouse, camel-coloured culottes and white trainers, climbed up a wooden ladder into the garden’s centre-piece – a high platform tree house, and sat on a tree stump during her visit.

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The Duchess of Cambridge with Andree Davies (centre) and Adam White (Yui Mok/PA)
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The duchess hoped to help youngsters connect with the natural world (Yui Mok/PA)
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Kate said it was ‘really important’ children start to understand nature (Yui Mok/PA)
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The duchess climbed a tree house (Yui Mok/PA)
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Kate chats to local school pupils (Yui Mok/PA)
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Round the camp fire (Yui Mok/PA)
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Meeting Sue Biggs, director general of the Royal Horticultural Society (Yui Mok/PA)
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Kate visited with the family on Sunday (Matt Porteous/PA)
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Elsewhere at the Chelsea Flower Show, D-Day and Operation Market Garden veteran Joe Cattini attended the opening of the D-Day 75 Garden (Yui Mok/PA)
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An exhibitor places goat shoulder onto a barbecue (Yui Mok/PA)
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Visitors enjoy the flora on display (Yui Mok/PA)
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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie visited the show (Yui Mok/PA)
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Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg relax at the show (Yui Mok/PA)
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Bill Bailey put in an appearance (Yui Mok/PA)
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Dame Judi Dench at the Chelsea Flower Show (Yui Mok/PA)
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Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry attended (Yui Mok/PA)
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The David Austin Roses stand (Yui Mok/PA)
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Chrysanthemum Archie Harrison, named to celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child (Yui Mok/PA)
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The National Chrysanthemum Society’s children’s TV-themed garden (Yui Mok/PA)

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