Kate Middleton toasts marshmallows with scouts after she’s handed new royal role

Kate Middleton toasted marshmallows while she chatted to Scouts as she was handed a new royal role.

The Duchess of Cambridge joined Cub and Beaver Scouts in Northolt, west London, where she was appointed joint president of The Scout Association alongside Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent.

The Queen is the patron of the organisation.

Kate speaks regularly about her love for the outdoors and volunteered with the Scouts when she living in Anglesey, North Wales.

She said: "For many children and young people, The Scout Association plays a key role as they build relationships and develop the skills they need to succeed in later life.

"When I volunteered with the Scouts on Anglesey eight years ago, I was struck by the huge impact the organisation has on inspiring young people to support their communities and achieve their goals.

"I am delighted to be joining the Duke of Kent as joint president of the association and look forward to working with Scouts across the country as they strive to make a positive difference to our society."

During her visit, the Duchess of Cambridge chatted to Scouts leaders about how they are adapting since the coronavirus pandemic began while she joined the children for some socially-distanced outdoor activities.

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She asked the youngsters about the different skills they have learnt in the association.

The Duke of Kent said: "As The Scout Association's president since 1975, it has been my privilege to watch as they evolve with the times, while honouring their proud history.

"The Scouts' ethos of dedication, inclusivity and lending a helping hand wherever one is needed resonates across the generations, and as such I am delighted to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge as joint president, and to work together to continue that legacy."

Matt Hyde, chief executive of The Scout Association, added: "Everyone in the Scout movement is overjoyed that the Duchess of Cambridge is to become a joint president of the Scout Association alongside the Duke of Kent.

"We are really pleased that to mark the occasion the Duchess has met and thanked Scout volunteers who have done so much to support young people during the pandemic.

"Scouting is more important than ever before, giving young people life skills, a sense of connection and belonging, and supporting communities in areas of deprivation that are disproportionately affected by Covid-19."

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