In January 2012 it was announced that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, had become a volunteer of the Scouting Association. Although it is listed under her patronages on her official website, she is neither a patron nor president. The Queen is honorary Patron of Scouts UK and the Duke of Kent is honorary president.
Kate was part of the Brownies as a child and she has reportedly been an active volunteer with the Scout Association behind the scenes, volunteering her time privately with groups in North Wales and elsewhere. She has been seen on a few public occasions demonstrating scouting skills. During a 2012 visit to Vernon Park, Nottingham, she assisted, in skirt and heels, with putting up a tent during a scouting demonstration. In July 2012 she hosted an outdoor scouting event – beach barbecue and fishing lesson in Anglesey, Wales.
This is her most high profile engagement for the Scouts. According to the Scouting website:
The Duchess will attend the event together with around 20 other adult volunteers, learning new skills that will support her in her role as an occasional helper at her local Scout Group.
Possibly as a result of the criticism for the expense in using a helicopter for a previous engagement, Catherine took a first class 2 hour train ride to arrive at this engagement. She wore the red, white and blue UK adult scout scarf, primarily worn by Scouts travelling abroad. During her visit she got a tour of the facilities, learnt how to light a fire using a flint, cook unleavened dough twists over the campfire while sharing camaraderie with her fellow volunteers.
The Scouting association has an award-winning Volunteer training program; recognized with a National Training Award from UK Skills.
One of the Duchess of Cambridge’s areas of focus for her patronages is ‘helping children and young people to build their skills, confidence and aspirations’ as well as promoting outdoor activity. The Scouting association does just that by offering participants fun and adventure via hundreds of enriching activities.
For more information, visit the Scout Association website.
Catherine’s controversial uncle Gary Goldsmith has returned, this time to sing her praises. Kate Middleton’s Uncle speaks out
Gary Goldsmith is the younger brother of Carole Middleton, Kate’s mother. He is famously viewed by the public as the black sheep of the family and with this new interview for Hello! it is likely to cement that view. Although I have only read a few excerpts of the interview, knowing Hello! reputation for never saying anything negative about anyone, it’s unlikely that there is anything particularly harmful to Kate. The same cannot be said for his reputation and several royal commentators have accused him of cashing in on his royal connections. His view of this interview is that he is ‘setting the record straight’.
There is no denying that he is eccentric. He named his home in Ibiza La Maison de Bang Bang (French slang for the House of Sex). The five bedroom villa is reportedly on the market for £5.6million. He came to the public’s attention when he was caught by News of the World undercover reporters snorting cocaine and offering advice on meeting prostitutes. In this new interview he credits himself with bringing William and Kate together after their brief split in 2007 and expresses a desire to be a part of Baby Cambridge’s upbringing.
Unsurprisingly, he is also reportedly planning to write his autobiography. Should he do so, any remote chance of playing a role in the royal baby’s upbringing is likely to become even more remote.
As you may have heard, William and Kate attended a St Patrick’s day at Aldershot Barracks where Catherine presented shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards . Incidently a century-old tradition that Queen Alexandra, consort of King Edward VII started it in 1901.
The late Queen Mother famously carried out this duty for many years and now it looks as though this duty has been delegated to Catherine.
However, even bigger news than continuing a royal tradition! No, not wearing the same outfit as last year, although that was pretty close. Nor discussing her preference for a boy rather than a girl (That is the backup story once this one fades) No, Catherine got her high heel stuck, for mere seconds, in a grate! Cue the pun-headlines! I present the contenders for best grate related pun in a Kate article title.
All heel, Catherine the grate
Catherine’s grate escape
Duchess suffers St Patrick’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ – Rather misleading headline, don’t you think?
Kate puts a foot wrong, for once
The Duchess puts her foot in it
Wills & Grate
Duchess of Cambridge and the perils of high heels – While not a pun title, it is nice that the Telegraph is so concerned, isn’t it?
I personally think that ‘All heel, Catherine the grate’ is the best one. Followed by Kate puts a foot wrong, for once.
After months upon months of speculation, as well as false rumors, Catherine and William are indeed expecting their first child together.
No due date has been announced but the duchess is said to be in the very early stages of pregnancy. Since the announcement was made in December, we can’t help but wonder if this baby will arrive in time for William’s 31st birthday. What a gift that would be!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Tune in to the next episode of The Royal Report on Sunday November 20th, 2011 at 9:00PM EST (North America).
The topic will be: Royal Baby Watch – November edition. Seven months in and still no news of a royal baby. Are William and Catherine under too much pressure to have a baby?
On this episode, tips on making a royal baby. Why does Prince Philip have a twinkle in his eye? Can a book about Diana’s death be plausible? Find out on this episode:
The Royal Report – Royal Baby Watch – October edition
Hello! Canada Weekly No 235 24 October 2011
Chatelaine November 2011 issue – Cover story: Kate Middleton – What’s next for the most talked about woman of 2011
From My Royal Collection
Princess Diana – The Day She Didn’t Die
Tune in to the next episode of The Royal Report on Sunday October 30, 2011 at 9:00PM ET (North America)
The topic will be: The Royal Family in Scotland