LONDON (Reuters) – Kate Middleton, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, marked her appointment as joint president of Britain’s Scout Affiliation on Tuesday by becoming a member of scouts in north London for his or her conventional exercise of toasting marshmallows over a camp hearth.
The duchess, spouse of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince William, joins the monarch’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, as president of the group which works with about half 1,000,000 individuals aged 6 to 25. The queen herself stays its patron.
“For a lot of kids and younger individuals, The Scout Affiliation performs a key function as they construct relationships and develop the abilities they want to reach later life,” Kate mentioned in an announcement.
To mark the event, the duchess visited children from the 12th Northolt Scout Group to listen to how they’d coped in the course of the coronavirus pandemic and to affix in with a few of their periods.
She may also be introduced with the Silver Wolf Award, the affiliation’s highest award.
“Scouting is extra vital than ever earlier than, giving younger individuals life abilities, a way of connection and belonging, and supporting communities in areas of deprivation which can be disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” its chief govt Matt Hyde mentioned.
Reporting by Michael Holden; enhancing by Stephen Addison
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