The Queen joins Will and Kate on royal outing

Queen Elizabeth II is shown around 'Back to Nature' by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Photo: Getty Images

The Queen joined Kate Middleton and Prince William as the Duchess of Cambridge unveiled her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show yesterday.

The couple greeted the 93-year-old monarch with a curtsy and a kiss and showed her around the ‘Back to Nature Garden,’ co-designed by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Other royals at the preview included the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

The Queen looked impressed with Kate's garden design. Photo: Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge appeared to have taken style inspiration from her royal relatives.

Kate, 37, wore a $4,800 Erdem ‘Shebah’ floral maxi dress - the same style as the one Katharine, Duchess of Kent, 86, wore to Harry and Meghan’s wedding last year.

Her husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, is a first cousin of the Queen.

While the Duchess of Kent teamed her frock with trainers, Kate opted for her Castaner ‘Carina’ espadrille wedges and her Cassandra Goad flower pearl earrings.

Canadian-born Erdem is one of her go-to designers for formal occasions and royal tours.

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Kent [Photos: PA/Getty]
The Duchess of Kent arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in May 2018 [Photo: PA]

Kate’s Chelsea Flower Show display includes a treehouse, a rope swing, a garden den and a miniature waterfall.

Kate visited the garden on Monday morning [Photo: Getty]

Earlier in the day, the Duchess made an unannounced visit to the garden, where she showed some local schoolchildren around the site.

She also brought her young family along on Sunday. The palace released photos and footage of the Cambridges exploring the space, which revealed that one-year-old Prince Louis is walking.

Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, four, dipped their bare feet in a stream and played on the rope swing hanging from the garden’s centrepiece, a high platform treehouse.

Kate 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.”

Words by Danielle Stacey

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