Kate Middleton Reveals She Wants Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Follow in This Tradition
The royal mom spent Thursday checking out dens make of sticks, painting and building paper boats
Kate Middleton said she’d like to sign up her 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter for the young Beaver Scouts during her visit to the Scouts headquarters in the eastern edge of London on Thursday. The royal mom, 37, told young leaders of her hope that her kids will follow in her footsteps, as she was Brownie as a young girl and has acted as an adult volunteer.
“She said she would like them 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 14-year-old Lauren Noble, who helped show Kate around. “She said it would be a great thing for them to get involved in.”
Noble joined the Duchess of Cambridge as she arrived and admired the youngsters’ badges. “She said it was very impressive that they’d done so much at such a young age and how many skills they could learn.”
Apart from checking out a fun den made of sticks, Kate helped pick up leaves and branches and took part in hand-painting on a tree marking the centenary of the scouting headquarters.
“She got fully involved with the hand painting, and ended up with a green hand,” said Kameron Liddar, 16, who helps at a scout group in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. “As a mum 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.”
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Tahseen Patel, 17, said she spoke to Kate about different cultures.
“She said she’d like to get her children involved and how you learn so many skills for life in the scouts,” said Patel. “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 emphasized how important it is to understand each other and learn about each other’s religion and cultures,” the teen added. “She is really humble. I was nervous — we all were — but she was a normal humble human being. She made us feel comfortable.”
On Thursday, Kate spent time with parents, leaders and children taking part in trials for a new pilot program for the youngest scouts. The pilot has been exploring the potential of providing scouting to children between the ages of 4 and 6, as research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are more important to the development, and future health and happiness, of a child than any other period in their lifetime.