Kate Middleton will ditch her high heels for wellies as she joins a Scout group for an adventure-filled day in the Lake District on Friday. Heavy snow and galeforce blizzards are forecasted for the Duchess”s visit.
The mum-to-be, a Scout Association volunteer, will travel from London by train to join a group of 24 other volunteers at the Great Tower Scout Activity Centre near Lake Windermere to learn new skills that will support them in their roles as helpers.
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Against the stunning backdrop of England”s biggest national park, 31-year-old Kate will put her training into practice to help look after a group of 24 Cub Scouts from Cumbria and Manchester, who are taking part in a holiday event at the activity centre near Newby Bridge in Cumbria.
As a former Brownie, she will no doubt be a dab hand in assisting the young recruits with activities such as outdoor cooking, tree climbing and fire lighting.
Kate has volunteered at a local Scout group near her and Prince William“s home on the Isle of Anglesey since last January but this will be her first public visit to the outdoor organisation.
When she joined them as a helper, a St James”s Palace spokesperson said she “loved the idea of Scouting and working hands-on with children” and that the organisation fitted in with her own outdoorsy interests.
Kate enrolled with the 1st St Andrew”s pack in Pangbourne, Berkshire at the age of eight. The active role comes naturally to Kate who is a keen hockey player and skier and enjoys long walks with her dog Lupo.
Last June she joined children from inner-city backgrounds at the Expanding Horizons camp in Kent. She took part in outdoor activities, such as building a shelter and a campfire, alongside the group of youngsters.
A month later she hosted an evening for one of the cub backs on a beach near her and William”s rented farmhouse in Anglesey. She cooked a barbecue for the troop, took them crabbing and taught them how to gut fish.
Today”s engagement marks the end of a busy week for Kate who visited the charity Child Bereavement UK with her husband on Monday and joined her grandparents-in-law the Queen and Prince Philip at an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. On Sunday she went to a St Patrick”s Day parade in Aldershot with her husband, the Duke of Cambridge.