Kate Middleton gives royal approval to children's playground in Hampton Court, but Prince George is nowhere to be seen

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Kate Middleton dropped by Hampton Court Palace this morning to give the royal seal of approval to a new adventure playground.

The Duchess of Cambridge got up close and personal with the playground's resident dragon, although both George and Charlotte were absent from the event.

Kate Middleton
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Although the Duchess kept her feet firmly on the ground, she was happy to chat to children as they tested out the snazzy new play equipment.

Kate Middleton visits Hampton Court's recently unveiled Magic Garden
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Designed by RHS Chelsea award-winning landscape architect Robert Myers, the garden draws inspiration from the myths and legends of the Tudor court.

Kate Middleton visits Hampton Court's recently unveiled Magic Garden
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Kate looked the part in a Michael Kors coat dress, previously worn on her 2014 tour of Australia. Her hair was styled in loose curls and she finished off the look with nude court heels and a small clutch bag.

Kate Middleton visits Hampton Court's recently unveiled Magic Garden
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Kate took the time to stop and chat to schoolchildren who were enjoying a day at the play area, as well as talking to the park's designer Robert Myers and others who worked on the project.

The Duchess has a busy day ahead of her: she is set to attend a lunch for children's mental health charity Anna Freud Centre, and later will visit the National Portrait Gallery in London where she will view a selection of her own portraits.