Duchess Kate made a surprise appearance on a children’s TV show!

By Meaghan Wray

The Duchess of Cambridge is a small screen star! On Thursday (June 13), Kate showed off her incredible gift with kids on a special episode of British children’s TV show Blue Peter – and the results are adorable.

Kensington Palace took to Twitter to share some behind-the-scenes snaps from the filming of the show. In the first photo, the duchess is crouched down inside a man-made den with a group of kids, and is pictured having a hearty laugh in another. Kate had her hand at tadpole and frog catching with a group of sweet kids in her appearance.

While she was on the show, Kate spoke to the importance of spending a bit of time outside every day, saying “rain or shine” her kids get “dragged outside,” according to Town & Country.

“But it’s great, and I see it encourage creativity, confidence," Kate continued. “Even a short amount of time – 10 to 15 minutes outside – makes a huge difference I think to both physical well-being but also to our mental well-being.”

Kate also even received a special Blue Peter badge for her horticultural efforts on the show.

She also showed off her playful side while helping the kids catch frogs by the water. “Have you ever seen any froggies?” she asked them. The duchess took a spot on her knees beside a young girl, who managed to catch a newt and went to pick it up with her hands. “Are you going to pick it up? Wow! Well done, that's amazing,” Kate gushed.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Sunday afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den. The Duchess 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.”

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It’s no surprise Kate wanted to be involved with such a fun and educational cause! The duchess has helped instil a love for the outdoors in her three children – Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and one-year-old Prince Louis. Just this past spring, she flexed her green thumb with the design and creation of her Chelsea Flower Show installation, Back to Nature. The Cambridges delighted the world over with a special photoshoot of the entire family exploring the gardens.

Kate laughed while appearing on a special program with Blue Peter. Photo: © Twitter/@kensingtonroyal

The love for the environment runs deep in the Royal Family, with Prince Charles being a pioneer of environmental awareness decades ago, well before it was mainstream. Princes William and Harry have shared memories of being teased for picking up trash – a practice their father taught them as a means of being kind to the earth.

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