Kate Middleton went back to school on Wednesday – to help tend the gardens!

By Simon Perry
November 29, 2017 06:36 AM
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Kate Middleton went back to school on Wednesday – to help tend the gardens!

The royal mom visited an elementary school in southwest London to celebrate a campaign to get more gardening opportunities in schools. And she wore her trusty Penelope Chilvers long tassel boots, which she has had in her closet for over a decade (a similar style is available here).

Handmade from Spanish leather, the $674 boots are fully lined and feature a Goodyear Welted Commando rubber sole, perfect for navigating rainy London weather. Kate also wore the boots when she went hiking on a five-hour hike in the Himalayas with Prince William in April 2016.

Kate Middleton
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She paired the boots with skinny black jeans, an oversized Temperley London sweater and a Barbour waxed jacket.

It was the second outing this week for Kate, 35. On Tuesday, she headed to a museum where she publicly congratulated brother-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their recent engagement.

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But on Wednesday, the focus was back on her work. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening hopes to inspire and support children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development. Gardening has also shown to benefit kids’ physical and mental well-being.

During the visit to the Robin Hood Primary School, Kate heard about the program and joined children in activities in the outdoor learning area and sensory garden.

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She talked about how she was passing on her love of gardening to her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

“I’ve got such fond memories of being in the garden and being outside from my own childhood, and I’m sharing that with my own children, George and Charlotte, at the moment,” she said in a speech.

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At the school’s purpose built Outdoor Learning Area and Sensory Garden children have the chance to explore and develop their knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing natural environment. The activities are created to inspire their curiosity, stimulate their senses and through challenging, yet achievable tasks using various real tools and natural resources, bring learning to life.

They also help to develop the youngsters’ emotional intelligence, empathy and communication enables children to manage their emotions effectively – something that matches Kate’s desire to boost young people’s mental wellbeing.

There are 34,000 schools and groups now engaged in gardening through the campaign.