The Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to a group of young scouts to promote their volunteer work during the current COVID-19 situation and to receive the highest possible honor from the organization.
38-year-old Kate Middleton was recently named joint President of the UK Scouts, and she debuted on her new role in public by taking part in a fun morning out with young members of the organization in northwest London.
Always careful to maintain social distancing, Middleton spent time with the children sitting around a campfire and toasting marshmallows around it while at the same time helping promote the value of volunteering.
Kate Middleton toasting marshmallows during her visit to a Scout Group in Northolt, northwest London in September 2020. I Image: Getty Images.
Middleton was seen arriving at the site wearing a blue face mask, but she didn’t wear it as she interacted with the children, although they were all sitting apart from each other.
The Duchess wore black jeans and a matching vest over a light blue shirt for the occasion, and during it, she was also given the highest honor by the Scout Association, the Silver Wolf Award.
“We’re delighted to be joined by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge today as she becomes joint President of the Scouts, alongside HRH The Duke of Kent,” the Scouts captioned a series of photos of Middleton during the activities in their official Instagram account.
A LONG COMMITMENT
Middleton is no stranger to doing volunteer work in support of the Scouts, and since the beginnings of her life as a member of the British Royal Family, she has been close to the organization.
Back when she was newly married to Prince William, Middleton did volunteer work with the Scouts of Anglesey in north Wales, among other things helping make greeting cards for residents of care homes.
During this recent activity, Middleton talked with the children about the importance of volunteering, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she shared with the cub scouts, ages 8 to 10, that have been sending greeting cards to local care home residents.
MEETING OTHER MOTHERS
A mother-of-three, Middleton can relate to the struggles of many English mothers during the COVID-19 lockdown, and she recently met with a group of local mothers from south London at Battersea Park to discuss the support they needed during these unprecedented times.
During the meeting, Middleton learned about how peer groups stayed active via Zoom and over the phone to continue supporting each other even despite the quarantine.
Middleton and the other mothers discussed the importance of having a community to talk about their feelings and worries during the pandemic, stressing out that the emotional well being was as important as physical health.
The mothers also praised the work of volunteers who gave them regular calls to offer those in need someone to talk to when they are not able to meet others or to reach their families and friends.