Prince Charles's Latest Outing Has a Very Special Connection to Sons William and Harry
Prince Charles is channeling his inner child with his latest project—and we're sure his grandkids would approve.
Last week on Instagram, the Prince of Wales announced the launch of a nature-inspired playground at the Dumfries House in Scotland. The post featured candids of the royal interacting with children as they explored the park, which, according to People, features a central play tower inspired by Prince William and Prince Harry's childhood treehouse at Highgrove House. Prince Charles wrote, "The new @DumfriesHouse playpark is now ready to welcome young adventurers! The playpark has been built as part of @theprincesfoundation’s commitment to championing the benefits of nature-based play and learning. The park is located on the Dumfries House estate in Ayrshire, Scotland, and is free to visit."
The adventure park includes a rope bridge, tunnels and racing slides. Plus, it's central tower, which is made of sustainably-sourced English chestnut, has an aerial view of the Dumfries House maze. (Fun fact: William and Harry's original treehouse, which inspired the tower's design, was refurbished for Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3, in 2015.)
The IG caption continued, "The playpark is specifically designed to utilize the estate’s existing wooded landscape, and will provide local children and visitors with the opportunity to have fun while reaping the physical and mental benefits that come with engaging with nature."
Paul Travers, design & project manager at Creating Adventurous Places, designed the new structure and revealed that Charles tried out one of the activities for himself. Travers told Daily Mail, "[Prince Charles] thought it was fantastic... He didn’t go on the slide but he encouraged the children to go down and he watched them as they raced. I think he said, 'Let’s see how fast you can go.' He did go across the suspension bridge. He enjoyed it and said it was great fun."
Something tells us the royal kids will create a lot of fun memories here.
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