Surprise: Kate Middleton has just stepped out for her first post-summer royal engagement today. The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the RHS Wisley Back to Nature festival in a gorgeous Emilia Wickstead dress. The dress is light blue, floral, and still available (for $2,255).
Kate is set to give a speech at the event, and she has been photographed with the Great British Bake Off‘s Mary Berry.
The Duchess designed the Back to Nature garden, which first debuted at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year. This is its third iteration.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were involved in the making of the Chelsea garden. As the Palace wrote on the portraits shared of Kate and her children at the garden, Kate wanted to create a “woodland setting” that would help kids and their families reconnect with nature.
Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven 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.
Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den.
The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”