The Duchess of Cambridge roasts marshmallows at a cookout – see the pics!

The Duchess of Cambridge roasts marshmallows (Photo: AFP/GALLO IMAGES)
The Duchess of Cambridge roasts marshmallows (Photo: AFP/GALLO IMAGES)

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated becoming joint president of the UK’s Scout Association in true scout style – by toasting marshmallows around a campfire.

The 38-year-old was awarded the youth movement’s top prize – the Silver Wolf award – on the recommendation of the chief scout, adventurer and well-known TV presenter Bear Grylls.

Dressed in brown pants, boots and a gilet topped with a scout scarf, the mom-of-three joined the 12th Northolt Scout Group in west London recently. Kate has long been a passionate advocate of the benefits of children spending time in the great outdoors and no doubt will do her new role proud.

Still, she is a mother first and foremost – and she couldn’t help slipping into mom mode when it came to marshmallow-roasting time. “Make sure it doesn’t get gooey and fall off,” she warned a group of cub scouts.

As they all sat on socially distanced tree stumps around a fire pit, the duchess was also overheard saying, “Are you having fun? How many marshmallows have you eaten?”

When they replied only one, she quipped, “Oh my goodness, that’s so controlled of you. Is that because there’s only one in your bag?”

The duchess enjoys her marshmallow (Photo: AFP/GALLO IMAGES)

She then took a bite of her own – proof that even the pencil-slim duchess indulges in a sweet treat every now and then.

The duchess eats a marshmallow (Photo: AFP/GALLO IMAGES)

Kate also spent time with the beaver scouts – the youngest section of the scout group – and helped them to make whirlybirds. When hers fell to the ground, she joked, “I don’t think I’ll get full marks!”

The duchess makes whirlybirds with the young group of scouts (Photo: AFP/GALLO IMAGES)

The kids told her they’d made handwritten cards for the elderly during lockdown and written messages on stones.

“That’s a really lovely idea,” Kate said. “It has been hard as no one can see each other. But these are really special. Well done, you.”

She also heard how the association had adapted during lockdown, holding online sessions as part of their #TheGreatIndoors campaign, which was launched by Bear in March.

The duchess previously volunteered with a cub scout pack when she and Prince William lived in Anglesey, North Wales.

On presenting the duchess with her Silver Wolf award (the highest prize for adult volunteers), Matt Hyde, chief executive of the scouts, said, “Everyone in the scout movement is overjoyed that the Duchess of Cambridge is to become a joint president.”

She shares her new role with the queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, who has been president of the youth movement since 1975.

 Kate once said she’s “happiest when I’m with my family outside in the countryside and we’re all filthy dirty”.

 “As children we spent a lot of time outside and it’s something I’m really passionate about,” she said on author, actress and blogger Giovanna Fletcher’s podcast Happy Mum, Happy Baby.

 “I think it’s so great for physical and mental wellbeing and laying foundations.”



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