The Duchess of Cambridge will ring in her 37th birthday before stepping out for her first royal engagement of the New Year! Just days after her big day on Jan. 9, Kate will pay a visit to a special community garden in London, Kensington Palace revealed – and it’s quite similar to her first outing back from maternity leave last year.
On Tuesday (Jan. 15), the mother of three will stop by King Henry’s Walk Community Garden in the town of Islington to learn about how agricultural activities – like gardening and growing food – have helped bring people together. The award-winning project was created by the local community to benefit the community and is fully run by volunteers who help organize educational programs that engage the locals.
It’s no surprise that Kate is making this initiative one of her first visits of the year. The brunette beauty’s green thumb is often on display with the work she does. In fact, her first engagement after her return from maternity leave was in the same vein with a trip to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden . There, the kind-hearted royal spent time with the children, searching for wildlife and learning about how they take care of plants at the school.
For Kate, the art of gardening runs quite deep in her family. So, while the act of growing food and plants is therapeutic for children and communities, she likely finds a comforting nostalgia in being part of these kinds of projects.
Back in 2017, the royal opened up about the impact gardening had on her family while visiting London’s Robin Hood Primary School: “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.” As Prince Louis nears his first birthday on April 23, we’re willing to bet her two eldest kids will be passing down that knowledge to their little brother.