Kate Middleton gets soil on dress as she delights children by mucking in at hospice

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KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been keeping busy during the lockdown and this week has seen the leading royal volunteer at a children’s hospice and help them build a new garden.

The Duchess was pictured handling bags of compost whilst wearing a floral dress and sparkling sapphire diamond engagement ring. Kate showed she’s not afraid of a bit of dirt as photographers snapped her helping out to build the new garden. Kneeling on the ground, she ploughed on with the task in hand despite great clumps of soil pouring on to her floral midi dress.

Then she doles out sunflower seeds to the children to plant.

Kate was pictured laughing alongside six-year-old Sonny Pope-Saunders, who has a rare type of brain tumour, and his siblings, all beaming with delight.

‘What a big mess!’ said the Duchess, smiling as her Russell and Bromley wedges, which retail at £135, took a thorough dusting.

Whilst helping out, the Duchess revealed her children were having their own sunflower-growing competition.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framling (Image: GETTY IMAGE)

George, Charlotte and Louis are all enjoying the experience, however, “Louis is winning so George is a little grumpy about that,” she said.

The reason for the visit was so that Kate could help mark the end of children’s Hospice Week.

She took part in planting strawberries, sunflowers, lavender, geraniums and herbs, all thoughtfully selected to awaken the senses.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets Sonny Saunders and his family, including mother Kelly

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets Sonny Saunders and his family, including mother Kelly (Image: GETTY IMAGE)

Observers noted even the Duchess’s £180 dress was perfectly suited to the occasion.

However, this love of gardening is not just a lockdown affair.

Kate has shown an increasing interest in the environment, a passion which she shared with her father in law Prince Charles.

She has demonstrated her love of gardening previously by helping to create a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk,

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk, (Image: GETTY IMAGE)

Up until lockdown hit the UK, Kate has been keeping her personal side away from the public as best as she can.

However, it seems as though the 38-year-old Queen in waiting has found a new purpose and confidence in herself.

It’s been a difficult balancing act for the Duchess but she’s managed to work on navigating the tightrope between maintaining a Royal mystique and meeting the expectations of a celebrity-driven world to share intimate details of her life.

Kate and William during lockdown

Kate and William during lockdown (Image: GETTY IMAGE)

In terms of what Kate has revealed about herself, she has been using personal experiences to advance the causes she cares for.

This has consisted of championing mental health issues and has involved setting up groups like ‘Heads Together’ with her husband.

Heads Together are all about tackling stigma and focus on issues of parenthood and childhood.

Children and mental health have played a big role in Kate’s philanthropic causes.

The Cambridges clapping for the NHS

The Cambridges clapping for the NHS (Image: GETTY IMAGE)

She has been open about how she and William ‘totally underestimated’ the impact of having their first child.

The Duchess mentions how she ‘absolutely’ suffered from mum guilt reassured new parents who felt the same way.

Speaking to Mail Online an aide said: “Every member of the Royal Family has to find their niche, their groove. The Duchess has found hers. She brings together children, mental health and the outdoors in her own way. She is really enjoying her work and it shows.”

Meanwhile, her work on the garden at the nearby Nook hospice combines many of her concerns.

She has a long-standing link with the centre, having spearheaded the £10 million fundraising campaign required to open it.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK