Surprise! Kate Middleton Is Starring in a Kids’ Film About Nature

The longest running children's TV show in the U.K., called Blue Peter, is launching a special segment starring Her Royal Highness Kate Middleton.

Kensington Palace announced the news on Thursday, and the 30-minute segment—which they're calling "a special film"—is set to premiere today, June 13, at 5:30 p.m. BST, so at 12 noon EST, on the CBBC.

The film shows the Duchess of Cambridge gardening with kids, searching for wildlife in a pond (the British have a very adorable term for this, called "pond dipping,") and even catching a newt. Classic princess-and-the-frog moment, amirite?

In the film, Middleton reiterates her love of gardening and its positive impact on kids. "It encourages creativity, confidence and even a short amount of time—10 to 15 minutes outside—makes a huge difference to physical well-being but also to our mental well-being," she tells Blue Peter host Lindsey Russell.

Middleton's appearance on the show coincides with a competition that asks viewers to design a special sculpture to be placed in the duchess's Back to Nature Garden at Royal Horticultural Society's Wisley Garden in September.

The duchess originally unveiled this garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in May, and brought Prince William, George, Charlotte and Louis to check it out. Needless to say, they approved (especially of the rope swing).

BRB, texting our British friends to set their DVRs.


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