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Palace releases gorgeous unseen photo of Kate Middleton to mark Royal Garden Competition

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Kensington Palace announced the winner of the Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Garden Competition on Friday morning with a series of new photographs of the royal's work. The initiative, launched in June by the royal, called upon Blue Peter viewers to create their own sculpture designs. The winner of the competition would have his or her work included in RHS Wisley's exhibit. 

The 38-year-old royal joined RHS Young Ambassador George Hassall and RHS' Ben to select a winner amongst the submissions. Twelve-year-old Jessica, who created a butterfly sculpture made out of wood and recycled metal, came in first place.  

The palace released new footage and photos of the duchess' work with the competition, one which showed the duchess taking in the sculpture during a surprise appearance to launch the "Back to Nature" Garden on Sept. 10, and another of her judging the submissions on July 10, the same day she stepped out with Duchess Meghan and their kids for Prince Harry and Prince William's polo match.

"Oh wow, look at it – it’s amazing. It’s enormous," the royal tells Jessica in the video. "It's going to be so lovely coming back year after year to see how it's growing and all developing."

See more of her work in the video above.