Kate Middleton just released a sweet picture of Princess Charlotte playing in the garden

Abigail Malbon
Photo credit: Kensington Palace

From Cosmopolitan

  • The Duchess of Cambridge has shared her "favourite" picture of Princess Charlotte.
  • The previously-unseen snap shows the four-year-old smelling a bluebell in the garden.

Kate Middleton has shared a new picture of Princess Charlotte, taken by her in the family home in Norfolk last year.

The duchess spoke about parenting during an appearance on the podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby. Host Giovanna Fletcher asked what parts of her own (non-royal) childhood she wants to pass on to her own children, and Kate replied:

"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.

"And I try every day to put moments like that in, even if they're small or even if I don't have time - but that in an ideal world is what I would like to do."

She added: "As children we spent an awful lot of time outside and it's something I'm really passionate about.

"It's so great for physical well-being and also mental well-being and actually really laying those foundations. It's also a really great environment to spend time building those quality relationships without the distractions."

It's extremely unusual for the duchess to speak publicly, but the reason she did the interview was to promote her early years survey, '5 Big Questions on the Under Fives', which is intended to gather information and to spark a national conversation about early years experiences that will help bring about positive, lasting change for generations to come.

We're off to listen to the whole podcast!

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