In full bloom! Kate Middleton looks elegant in a £1,635 floral Emilia Wickstead dress as she arrives to open her Back to Nature play garden

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  • Duchess of Cambridge, 37, looked elegant as arrived to unveil Back to Nature play garden at Wisley today
  • Mother-of-three donned pastel blue belted dress by Emilia Wickstead, which featured a pink floral pattern
  • She paired the outfit with high tanned wedges and wore her glossy brown hair loose for the occasion 
  • Kate will also attend a Back to Nature festival, which celebrates the value of communities to our well-being

The Duchess of Cambridge looked pretty in a floral-patterned dress as she arrived to unveil a playground paradise inspired by her Chelsea Flower Show garden.

Shunning her normal chauffeur driven car, Kate, 37, will formally open the ‘Back To Nature’ garden at RHS Wisley in Surrey, the centrepiece of which is a giant wooden treehouse for youngsters to enjoy.  

The mother-of-three wasn’t put off my the chilly weather conditions and opted for a pale blue belted dress by designer Emelia Wickstead as she arrived at the world-class garden near Woking. 

She paired her outfit, which featured a belt to cinch her in at the waist, with beige wedges and wore her glossy brown locks loose.  

The permanent garden incorporates some of the original features from the duchess’s garden but is larger and even more child-friendly than before with a sandpit, water feature and a set of swings and a hut made to look like a hedgehog.

New features also include two connected treehouses and slides, which encourage families and friends to have fun together in a natural environment.

Fall for florals like the Duchess in a midi dress by Emilia Wickstead
Fall for florals like the Duchess in a midi dress by Emilia Wickstead

Kate (pictured), 37, looked elegant in a blue floral patterned dress by Emilia Wickstead as she arrived to open the Back to Nature play garden at Wisley today 

The other of three pictured paired her outfit which featured a belt to cinch her in at the waist with beige wedges and wore her glossy brown locks loose
The other of three pictured paired her outfit which featured a belt to cinch her in at the waist with beige wedges and wore her glossy brown locks loose

The other-of-three (pictured) paired her outfit, which featured a belt to cinch her in at the waist, with beige wedges and wore her glossy brown locks loose

Kate pictured looked elegant in a blue floral patterned dress by Emilia Wickstead as she arrived to open the Back to Nature play garden at Wisley today
Kate pictured looked elegant in a blue floral patterned dress by Emilia Wickstead as she arrived to open the Back to Nature play garden at Wisley today

Fall for florals like the Duchess in a midi dress by Emilia Wickstead

The Duchess of Cambridge unveiled a new version of her Chelsea Flower Show garden today, and of course she picked florals for the occasion. She’s a pro at literal dressing!

Her chic midi length shirt dress is by one of her all-time favourite designer labels, Emilia Wickstead, and we love the combination of the colours. The pretty pink rose print against the pale blue background is blooming beautiful! The seersucker fabric is very unusual, and the belted waist creates a gorgeous silhouette too.

The ‘Aurora’ style is available to buy exclusively at NET-A-PORTER so click (right) now to copy Kate. She’s added wedge espadrilles, but you could totally dress it down with a pair of white trainers.

Or emulate Emilia Wickstead on a budget with the help of our edit below. And don’t forget that florals don’t have to just be for spring/summer – any one of our options would be perfect as we head into autumn!

It was designed by a team from the Royal Horticultural Society with input from Davies White Landscape Architects, who collaborated with Kate earlier this year.

The mother-of-three decided to help create a special Chelsea show garden as part of her ‘early years’ project, which is exploring how childhood experiences have a direct link with the issues some face as adults such as addiction and social exclusion.     

Kate believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last through childhood and over a lifetime – and is keen to find ways to encourage this. 

She got all her children – Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one – involved in the project, collecting sticks and fir cones, and the three of them came down to Chelsea in May with their father, Prince William, 37, to help unveil it. 

Speaking to teachers who visited the site with their pupils, Kate was heard to say: ‘It’s really important the kids start to understand nature, and care for it, so they can protect it as well.

‘With Instagram everything is so visual. It’s nice to sit and feel.’ 

The garden was re-designed for the Hampton Court Flower show and now takes up a permanent home at Wisley.

Kate hasn’t been involved in the designing of the new play garden but has taken a keen interest in its creation.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘As part of her longstanding work on Early Years, The Duchess of Cambridge believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last through childhood and over a lifetime.

Through her Back to Nature gardens, which were displayed earlier this year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, Her Royal Highness has aimed to highlight how spending time outdoors can enrich a child’s early development by providing an environment that encourages active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships. 

She has spent much of the last eight years meeting charities and organisations who work every day to make our families and communities stronger. 

To mark the opening of the garden, RHS Wisley is holding a Back to Nature festival, which celebrates the value of communities to our wellbeing and marks the culmination of the RHS garden project.

Kate has invited schoolchildren, charities and organisations who have helped her work in the early years field to enjoy the fun, which includes a maypole and coconut shy – and she will make a short speech before joining guests in the festival activities.   

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONILNE