Kate makes a surprise appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show
22nd May 2023

Kate comes up roses! Princess looks chic in recycled pink ME + EM dress as she makes a surprise appearance at Chelsea Flower Show for its first ever Children’s Picnic

  • The Princess of Wales visited the event for the first time since 2019
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The Princess of Wales looked radiant in a recycled pink dress as she surprised gardeners at the Chelsea Flower Show this afternoon.

Kate, 41, wore a silk ME+EM shirt dress, which her mother Carole has also worn previously, as she turned up unannounced at the event, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

She paired the dress with her Castaner Carina Espadrille wedges, which she has worn on several public engagements in warmer temperatures. She opted for Zoraida leaf earrings she has worn before, costing £165. Meanwhile her thick brunette locks were hanging down her shoulders.

The mother-of-three demonstrated her natural flair with children as she joined school pupils at the event’s first ever Children’s Picnic.

Kate met youngsters from 10 schools taking part in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening as they sat down to eat, before visiting three of this year’s Show Gardens with them.

The Princess of Wales recycled a pink ME + EM shirt dress she has worn previously as she made as surprise visit to the Chelsea Flower Show today

On her first visit to the world-famous horticultural show since 2019, the future queen and the children took part in a bug hunt, helped to plan a home-grown meal and discovered how gardens can support wellbeing – something the Princess has been highlighting for several years. 

The Princess is known to enjoy the Chelsea Flower Show, an event she has attended several times in the past.

In 2019, Kate even designed her own garden to be featured in the showcase, the Back To Nature Garden.

The garden, which Kate hoped would inspire families ‘to get outside’ and ‘enjoy nature’, featured a tree house, waterfall, rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on. 

She worked with co-designers and landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White to recreate memories from her own childhood by including the likes of bluebells in the space.

Kate shook hands with a young school pupil as she carried a bouquet of tulips in her other hand during the visit

The Princess sat down with schoolchildren and chatted to them as she arrived for the first ever Children’s Picnic

Kate took on the role of mentor as she sat down with the school pupils ahead of a ‘bug hunt’ event

The princess, whose brunette locks flowed down her shoulders, smiled as she chatted to the school pupils

Kate showed her natural affinity with children as she sat down to chat with them during her visit

Kate, 41, looked radiant in the pink silk shirt dress, which her mother Carole has also previously been spotted in

As she arrived at the Chelsea Flower Show in a surprise appearance, the Princess of Wales appeared to catch someone’s eye and say hello

A gift fit for a princess! Kate carried around a potted plant in a sweet basket as she walked through the event

The Princess shared a joke about something as she carried the potted plant in her hand 

Kate looked thrilled with her present of a potted plant in a basket as she strolled through the grounds

Today Kate took part in the Chelsea Flower Show’s first ever Children’s Picnic, and she looked thrilled to be involved

Touchingly, Kate also made sure Diana was part of the garden, including the late princess’s favourite forget-me-nots in the design.

The royal mother-of-three also ensured her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis felt part of the project by asking them to help gather material from the grounds of Anmer Hall, their Norfolk home, to use in the space.

The children dutifully collected twigs, moss and logs that were taken down to London. They also built a rustic tepee-style den and fire pit at the heart of the garden.

The Princess was reported to have been very hands-on in the creation of the garden, and has been on site almost every day in the five days leading up to the opening.

After it opened, Kate also visited the garden and explored with school pupils, helping them make little boats from reeds to race down the stream like Pooh sticks. 

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