The Duchess of Cambridge marked the official opening of Hampton Court Palace's new children's playground today (4 May). The playground, named the Magic Garden, was designed by architect Robert Myers, and is said to have drawn inspiration from the myths and legends of the Tudor Court. Located in south west London, Hampton Court Palace has not been inhabited by the royal family since the 18th century. Building began on the palace in 1514.

The garden includes a 25 foot-long sleeping dragon, a secret grotto, and colourful turrets and battlements.

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Kate Middleton shares a joke with the staff during her tourStuart C. Wilson/ Getty Images
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Kate Middleton looks inside a dragon's mouth at the official opening of the Magic Garden at Hampton Court PalaceStefan Wermuth/ Reuters
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The Magic Garden incorporates a children's play area at Hampton Court PalaceBen Stansall/ AFP
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Kate Middleton takes in the landscape during her visit to Hampton Court PalaceStuart C. Wilson/ Getty Images

Wearing a blue Michael Kors coat, which she also wore on her recent trip to India and Bhutan, Kate Middleton joined in with the children in the sandpit, and explored the 'dragon's nest' before she unveiled the plaque to officially open the Magic Garden. The Duchess also met with the designers and gardeners, who have been working on the garden for over six years.

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Kate Middleton plays with children in the sandpit at the Magic Garden official openingBen Stansall/ AFP
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The Duchess of Cambridge has some fun with a group of children at the official opening Stuart C. Wilson/ Getty Images
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Kate Middleton appeared to be enjoying the sun during her visitStefan Wermuth/ Reuters
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Kate Middleton stands on a ladder as she visits the Magic Garden at Hampton Court PalaceStefan Wermuth/ Reuters

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Children have a great time playing in the garden as the Duchess of Cambridge looks onStuart C. Wilson/ Getty Images
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Kate Middleton is seen here during her tour of the Magic Garden at Hampton Court PalaceStuart C. Wilson/ Getty Images
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Kate Middleton appeared to have a great time during her visitStuart C. Wilson/ Getty Images

After visiting Hampton Court, Kate Middleton undertook her first engagement as Patron of the Anna Freud Centre. The Duchess attended a lunch reception at Spencer House in London, to support the development of a new centre of excellence for children's mental health.

The Anne Freud Centre works to improve the lives of thousands of children and young people with mental health problems. It is one of a limited number of places in the UK where children can receive full psychoanalysis.

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Kate Middleton arrives at the Anna Freud Centre, Spencer House, LondonKirsty Wigglesworth/ Getty Images
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Kate Middleton speaks with guests at Spencer House in LondonKirsty Wigglesworth/ Getty Images
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Kate Middleton laughs as she attends her first engagement as Patron of the Anna Freud CentreKirsty Wigglesworth/ Getty Images
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Kate Middleton, during a reception in support of The Anna Freud Centre Spencer House in LondonKirsty Wigglesworth/ Getty Images