This is the moment that a stunned Duchess of Cambridge unveiled the winner of Blue Peter’s Royal Garden Competition , an enormous butterfly sculpture made from wood and recycled metal.
Kate, 37, appeared on the show and hailed the design by Jessica, 12, which will now feature in the royal’s ‘Back to Nature’ garden, at RHS Wisley in Surrey.
Jessica’s design featured a twisted thorax sculpted from wood and a trellis of recycled metal in the shape of butterfly wings for brightly coloured clematis flowers to grow over.
At its centre hangs a set of wind chimes, and the first flowers have already started to grow over its wings.
The duchess launched the Royal Garden competition in June – calling for Blue Peter viewers to design a sculpture featuring natural materials for the garden she designed for the Chelsea Flower Show.
The Duchess of Cambridge appeared on Blue Peter tonight to unveil the winner of their Royal Garden Competition
The flowers surrounding the sculpture will vary depending on the season, and the royal praised the winner for her ‘great idea’
The official account of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shared a series of snaps from the day, showing Kate looking radiant while chatting with the winner and runners up.
Hundreds of entries were whittled down to just 30 by Blue Peter’s judging panel, which included Kate and the Royal Horticultural Society’s youth ambassador George Hassell.
The winning design was brought to life by professional crafts people over the course of a week.
Jessica, from Lincolnshire, was speechless when she saw her creation for the first time, saying only: ‘That’s really cool.’
Kate was equally impressed, saying: ‘Oh wow, look at it – it’s amazing. It’s enormous.’
Jessica replied: ‘Yes it’s taller than I am.’
The Duchess added: ‘It’s going to be so lovely year after year coming back to see how it’s growing and how it’s all developing.’
The winning sculpture was created from wood and recycled metal and featured two huge geometric butterfly wings surrounded by pretty purple clematis flowers. Pictured: The winner Jessica next to the Duchess
The official account of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shared a series of snaps from the day, showing Kate looking radiant while chatting with the winner and runners up
Kate is the proud owner of both a gold Blue Peter Badge and a new green Blue Peter badge – which is awarded to champions of the environment, conservation and nature.
Kate gained her rare gold badge after appearing on the show with the Duke of Cambridge in 2017, receiving the honour for their work on children’s mental health.
The garden competition was part of the duchess’ ongoing mission to encourage children and families to get back to nature, and highlight the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development.
Kate was joined by RHS Young Ambassador George Hassall and Ben from RHS to pick out the winner of the competition
Her woodland wilderness garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May featured a high-platform tree house, a rope swing, a rustic den and a campfire as well as tree stumps, stepping stones and a hollow log for children to play on.
George, Charlotte and Louis were taken on a visit to see it by Kate and William, and the Cambridge children spent around an hour playing in its stream and running around its woodland paths.
The winning sculpture was created from wood and recycled metal and featured two huge geometric butterfly wings surrounded by pretty purple clematis flowers.
Kate, 37, who first appeared on the show in June, joined Jessica, the winner of their Royal Garden Competition at The Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley in Surrey to take a look at the winning sculpture.
The flowers surrounding the sculpture will vary depending on the season, and the royal praised the winner for her ‘great idea’.
Kate appeared wearing an elegant pastel blue floor-length dress emblazoned with pink roses which she teamed with a matching belt at the waist.
She wore her brown tresses loose around her shoulders and paired her outfit with a pair of chic bronze earrings and a natural make-up look.
Kate was joined by RHS Young Ambassador George Hassall and Ben from RHS to pick out the winner of the competition.
Runners up Lucy and Megan were also present and designed beautiful tin can herbs and a den building.
Kate, 37, got her hands dirty to lead a group of children in activities in a garden, including ‘pond dipping’, den building and making plant pots out of old wellington boots, pictured
The official account of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shared a series of snaps from the day showing Kate looking radiant while chatting with the winner and runners up.
‘The couple captioned the post: ‘The Duchess of Cambridge joined @CBBC’s #BluePeter to unveil the winner of their Royal Garden Competition at @RHSWisley – congratulations Jessica on your winning design!
‘Jessica’s beautiful winning sculpture is made of wood and recycled metal, and wowed the judges with its stunning butterfly wings, covered in clematis flowers swipe to watch The Duchess and Jessica seeing the winning design for the first time.
‘Congratulations also to the runners-up, Lucy and Megan, who designed beautiful tin can herbs and den building activity cards.
Kate and Williams were awarded gold Blue Peter badges, the most prestigious available, for their campaign work around mental health and mental health issues affecting children
‘The Duchess, Ben from @The_RHS and George Hassall joined the judging panel to pick out the winning entry for the competition, which The Duchess launched back in June this year.’
In June, Kate, 37, appeared on the show for the first time and got her hands dirty as she lead a group of children in activities in a garden, including ‘pond dipping’, den building and making plant pots out of old wellington boots.
The episode also saw the world’s longest running children’s TV programme launch the competition, while presenter Lindsey Russell also awarded the Duchess a Blue Peter Green Badge in recognition of her environmental work.
Earlier today Kate visited Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre to learn about the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), a voluntary programme that offers home visits to young first-time mothers.
The Duchess of Cambridge said she ‘couldnt believe’ how fast Prince George is growing up as she spoke to parents at a children’s centre in London today.
The Duchess of Cambridge was given a warm welcome by staff members when she arrived at the centre this morning. She later sat down to speak to families, including the one pictured, who had benefited from the volunteer visits by nurses
During her visit, Kate spoke to first-time mothers who have been helped with the Southwark branch of the initiative, as well as nurses who take part in the programme. Pictured, Kate at one roundtable discussion during the visit today
Before leaving, Kate was handed a beautiful posy of yellow flowers, which she carried with her as she left the centre and stepped out into the sunshine, pictured
Kate – who wore a £270 polka dot Equipment blouse, £520 Gianvito Rossi heels and black culottes for the outing -couldn’t keep the smile from her face as she met parents and children who have benefited from the services.
The royal mother-of-three appeared particularly taken with one little girl, who looked away shyly when the Duchess leaned in to speak.
The Duchess of Cambridge was given a warm welcome by staff members when she arrived at the centre this morning. Typically gracious, she spent time speaking before making her way inside to meet more of the team.
The royal has made early years development a cornerstone of her royal work, and she appeared particularly engaged as she heard more about the work carried out by the FNP.