The Duchess of Cambridge will open the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace next week, Kensington Palace has announced.
On Wednesday, May 4th, the Duchess will pay a visit to Hampton Court to look around the newly constructed children’s play area. The Magic Garden, as it is known, has been designed by the award-winning landscape architect of RHS Chelsea, Robert Myers.
The garden is built in King Henry VIII’s former tiltyard (a courtyard used for jousting practice and tournaments) and draws inspiration from the Tudor Court, allowing visitors to learn about Hampton Court’s history while they play. The structure features a moat and a maze made of his shrubs. Children can run around in battlements, towers and a secret grotto, and the garden even includes a 25 foot-long sleeping dragon, a mythical creature that was popularly featured in Tudor myths and legends.
The Magic Garden has been six years in the making, with Historic Royal Palaces’ garden team having grown, pruned and tended to hundreds of trees to create the enchanting play area. The landscape includes over 17,000 bulbs and 3,000 shrubs.
The Duchess will be shown around the new garden, where she will meet some of the people involved in its design and construction. She will then stop to watch children and their families enjoying the unique facilities.
Before leaving, Her Royal Highness will attend a reception in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, and unveil a plaque to celebrate the Garden official opening. This will undoubtedly be an engagement that is close to the Duchess’s heart, as she herself is the mother of two young children. She may even return to the Magic Garden with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, to give the children a chance to play in the park while also learning a little bit about the history of their family.