Kate Middleton Is a True Troop Leader During Scouts Outing

The Duchess of Cambridge looked totally at ease outside with the youngsters.

By Samantha Schnurr Mar 28, 2019 2:07 PMTags
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Kate Middleton is trying out a new title. 

The royal mother of three headed into the woods for her latest public engagement on Wednesday—a visit to the Scouts headquarters at Gilwell Park in Epping, England. 

Dressed comfortably for the outdoor event in a J. Crew sweater layered under a Barbour jacket with dark pants and See by Chloé boots, the duchess was ready to join the Scouts. Middleton was there to learn more about the organization's pilot plans to add 4 and 5-year-old children under the working name Hedgehogs to help them with communication, leadership, teamwork and other life skills. 

Judging by photos from their activities, Middleton was rarely without a smile or a laugh amongst the youngsters. 

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At one point during the engagement, she joined in den building outside and enthusiastically huddled inside a handmade den as some of the kids tested how waterproof the structure was. It's not surprising considering Middleton has previously expressed a love of the outdoors.

The royal was also spotted with green paint on her hands as well as observing some balloon rocket testing. 

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It seems Middleton, who was reportedly in her school's Brownie troop as a kid, was right at home during the event—and apparently wants her kids to join.

"[Prince George] hasn't yet, but she said she'd love him to," a teenage Explorer Scout Tahseen Patel told the press of Middleton. 

"She was interested in the early years and how you learn things in Scouting that you don't learn in school and elsewhere, like you learn way more things in Scouting," Patel told the press of the duchess. "And how she wants her children to grow up in the Scouting movement, not just in school, because she tries doing things at home, but there's only so much you can do and you need to build relationships with other people."

Meanwhile, the Scouts were just as happy to have her there. 

As the organization tweeted, "From all of us at the Scouts, thank you so much to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge for visiting Gilwell Park today to learn more about our early years pilots and how Scouts helps young people develop #SkillsForLife."