The Duchess of Cambridge dips her bare hands in sacks of compost and dips her sparkling sapphire and diamond engagement ring. She shows that in these remarkably honest photos she took when creating a new garden for children, she is not afraid of some dirt hospice.
She kneels on the ground and continues to plow, even though large clods of earth flood her floral midi dress. Then she hands out sunflower seeds to the children to plant.
Given the hard hand that was given to the children here, it could have been a bleak opportunity so easily, but Kate laughed happily next to the six-year-old Sonny Pope-Saunders, who has a rare type of brain tumor, and his siblings, who all beamed with them Pleasure.
“What a mess!”
The Duchess of Cambridge helps visit a children’s hospice to plant plants and herbs to create a new garden
The Duchess of Cambridge speaks to a member of the public while shopping for plants and herbs at her local garden center
She speaks to Sonny Saunders (sitting on the left), his father Jordan and his brother Hudson (back to the camera, right) during the visit on Thursday
Kate speaks to a member of the public when she buys plants and herbs at the Fakenham Garden Center in Norfolk
This was Kate’s way of marking the children’s hospice week that ends today: planting strawberries, sunflowers, lavender (her favorite), geraniums, and herbs, all carefully selected to awaken the senses.
Even the Duchess’ £ 180 dress, the first she wore from Indonesian ethics firm Faithfull the Brand, was a perfect fit for the occasion.
Kate’s focus has increasingly turned to the environment – a passion that she shares with the Prince of Wales and that she has also expressed by helping to design the Chelsea Flower Show.
Until recently, Kate has revealed little about herself, following the example of the Queen. But while she was always one to handle things calmly at 38, she found a new purpose and a new confidence in the role of the waiting queen.
She is increasingly able to walk the fine line between maintaining a royal mysticism and meeting the expectations of a celebrity world to share intimate details of her life.
Kate uses personal experience to advance the causes she is interested in. She has worked on mental health problems, set up heads with her husband to combat stigma, and focused on parenting and childhood issues.
The Duchess of Cambridge loads plants and herbs into an orange cart at Fakenham Garden Center as she purchases plants and herbs
Kate gets her hands dirty and helps to plant plants and herbs when she visits the children’s hospice
She continues to plow the task, even though large clods of earth flood her floral midi dress
Kate laughs as she holds a plant under her arm and helps to pot plants and herbs during a visit to the children’s hospice
The floor fell on Kate’s £ 180 dress, which is the first to be worn by the Indonesian ethics company Faithfull the Brand
Kate carries the potted plant during her visit, where she helped pot plants and herbs to create a new garden for the children’s hospice
Her revelations that she and William “totally underestimated” the effects of their first child and that she “absolutely” suffered from their mother’s guilt reassured new parents who felt the same way.
An adjutant says: “Every member of the royal family has to find his niche, his groove. The Duchess found hers. It brings children, mental health and nature together in their own way. She really enjoys her work and it shows it. “
Her new confidence showed up last week during a visit to the Fakenham Garden Center near the Cambridges house in Norfolk when she spoke to customers about her difficulties with the closure and revealed that she had her own parents and siblings missed.
Meanwhile, her work in the garden of the nearby Nook hospice combines many of her concerns.
She has long been associated with the center and led the £ 10 million fundraiser required to open the center.
Tracy Rennie from the children’s hospice in East Anglia remembers her first meeting with Kate a decade ago. “It was a private visit and she was a bit shy,” she said, “but I remember a little girl running to her to hug her and she immediately kicked off her high heels to play. ” Since then she has really blossomed and grown and finds her confidence in an understated way.
“Many people are prevented from entering hospices because they fear it is a place to die, but in fact it is a place for support, fun, and laughter.”
The Duchess of Cambridge meets Sonny Saunders and his family, including mother Kelly (right, back to the camera) and father Jordan (left, back to the camera).
Kate sits with Sonny Saunders (left), his father Jordan, his sister Star (right) and his brother Hudson (right).
The Duchess meets Liam and Lisa Page and Baby Connor during their visit to the children’s hospice in Norfolk
The hospice is currently taking care of Connor Page, whose brain was damaged in early March due to complications. Mother Lisa, 32, said: “Every time people have said that he can’t do it, Connor has shown them otherwise.” It was very difficult. I’ve never cried so much in my life. “
Dad Liam, 40, added: “It’s the worst thing parents can go through. I look forward to holding your child and then detonating everything. We had a lot of support at the hospice, they were absolutely fantastic.”
Sonny, who helped Kate plant the seeds, also benefited from the hospice. His mother Kelly, 31, told Kate that he had been a healthy boy but felt a little discolored on his sixth birthday. She brought him to the family doctor and within a few days he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor.
“It all happened pretty quickly,” repeated the Duchess, who looked visibly moved. She said to the family, “I’m always so excited about families like yours, especially when I have to go through all of this in lockdown.” They show such resilience and bravery. You are such an inspiration. “
While she was planting alongside Sonny and his sister Star (11) and his brother Hudson (8), Kate was wearing a bracelet that said “Sonny’s Smile,” a fundraiser to help him travel to Disneyland Paris. Kelly said of her encounter with the Duchess: “I felt pretty comfortable because she is so down to earth that the kids really loved working with her in the garden and planting.” We had a really nice day here. “