Family and nature are both very important to Duchess Kate. She co-created the Back to Nature Garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show this year to help families reconnect with the great outdoors, and brought her own clan to the plot on Sunday (May 19) evening. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were pictured running around the garden barefoot while Prince Louis was captured taking his first public steps on camera.
Kate’s garden includes several sweet tributes to family members, including beetroot and carrots in honour of the Queen, who used to plant them as a young girl. It also includes a waterfall modelled after the one on the Royal Family’s Sandringham estate. But it’s also got a very subtle tribute to Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana: forget-me-nots.
On the weekend, Kensington Palace shared several photos of Kate in the garden. In one picture, the mom of three and RHS landscape artist Andrée Davies can be seen planting forget-me-nots. Diana, like many other royals, loved the Chelsea Flower Show and attended several times.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s #RHSChelsea garden will be filled with incredible edibles, plants for craft activities, forest scents and a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees of different heights and textures. pic.twitter.com/TmJnylypep
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2019
This is likely not a coincidence, as it is hardly the first time Kate has honoured her late mother-in-law in such a way. The public has repeatedly noticed how outfits the mom of three has worn after giving birth have referenced dresses Diana wore while holding both William and Prince Harry when leaving the hospital.
This also not the first time a Royal Family member has honoured Diana with forget-me-nots. Earlier this month, Harry and Duchess Meghan posted a touching Mother’s Day image on their official Instagram account that featured Archie Harrison’s feet over top of a bed of forget-me-nots.
“Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered,” the post read.
View this post on Instagram
Paying tribute to all mothers today - past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you. Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex. Quote from “lands” by @nayyirah.waheed: my mother was my first country; the first place i ever lived. Photo © SussexRoyal
On Monday, Kate spoke a bit about what she hopes her garden does for people who visit the show.
“I hope that this woodland that we have created here really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors and spend quality time together,” Kate said. “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children.”
That’s definitely something Diana would deeply appreciate and love!