Kensington Palace has released a previously unseen snap of Princess Charlotte.
The picture which was taken by Charlotte’s mother, The Duchess of Cambridge, was released via the official Kensington Palace Instagram account at the weekend.
It features a close-up shot of the four-year-old and during her first podcast, Kate explained why this snap, in particular, is important to her.
Kate joined Giovanna Fletcher for an episode of her podcast, Happy Mum, Happy Baby, and spoke of her experience as a parent.
The Duchess spoke about her ‘5 Big Questions on the Under 5s’ survey and how important the early years are, a topic she’s been working on recently.
According to Kensington Palace, the survey “aims to spark a national conversation on the early years that will ultimately help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come”.
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“I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent. • I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time”. • Swipe ? to listen to The Duchess of Cambridge speaking about her experiences as a parent on the ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ podcast with @MrsGiFletcher. On the special podcast, The Duchess spoke about the importance of the early years, and about her landmark ‘5 Big Questions on the Under 5s’ survey. It takes just 5 minutes to have your say in the biggest ever conversation on early childhood — visit the link in our bio to answer The Duchess’s #5BigQuestions. Photo © The Duchess of Cambridge
The mum of three said:
“I’ve got this one photo of Charlotte smelling a bluebell, and really for me it’s moments like that mean so much to me as a parent.
“I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they’re small or even if I don’t have time”.
Over the past few months, the 28-year-old has visited various childcare centres and communities to meet parents and children to discuss the importance of the early years.
Kate is an advocate for children spending time outside and with nature, ‘Back to Nature’ was the theme of the garden she designed for the Chelsea Flower Show with the intention of recreating the magic of childhood.
The garden now has a permanent home at Wisley Gardens near Woking, Surrey.
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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.”