The Duchess of Cambridge wants her children to follow in Queen Elizabeth II’s footsteps and join the Scouts.
The Queen and her sister, Princess Margaret, formed their own scouts’ troop at Buckingham Palace as children. Children of the staff also joined what was dubbed the 1st Buckingham Palace Company. Kate Middleton was also a Brownie as a child and acted as a volunteer in adulthood.
The Duchess, a mother of three, was shown around Scouts headquarters recently where she made a stick fort and hand-painted on a tree — all part of a pilot program for youth between the ages of four and six.
“She said she would like them [Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3] to go into the scouting community because she loves what it stands for — that it’s a very open and inclusive way into life,” said Lauren Noble, 14, who gave Kate a tour. “She said it would be a great thing for them to get involved in.”
Upon arrival, Kate checked out some of the badges of her arrival committee. “She said it was very impressive that they’d done so much at such a young age and how many skills they could learn.”
Kameron Liddar, 16, told People that the duchess “ended up with green hand” from the painting. “As a mom, you can see she has the talents. She was very friendly with them and knew what to do with them. She wasn’t afraid to get a little bit grubby.”
Tahseen Patel, 17, had the chance to talk to Kate about embracing different cultures. “She emphasized how important it is to understand each other and learn about each other’s religion and cultures.”
Patel added, “I talked to her about the mosque and how important it is for religion and scouting to blend together and how we have to learn about each other’s religions and be united with each other.” She added that the Duchess was “a normal humble human being.”