Kate's Perfect New Role
The Duchess of Cambridge teams up with the Duke of Kent to become Joint President of The Scouting Association.
SEPTEMBER 29th, 2020
he Duchess of Cambridge has been announced as the new Joint President of The Scouting Association alongside the Duke of Kent, and has subsequently become the first woman to hold the role in the Assocation's 113 year history. The announcement came after Catherine visited the Northolt Scout Group in West London on Tuesday to meet with Beaver and Cub Scouts. The Duchess was in her element as she toasted marshmallows on a bonfire and make cards to send to a local care home.
On her new appointment, the Duchess said: “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.”
The Duchess’ new role seems like a perfect fit, combining two of her passions – children and the outdoors, and for her socially distanced visit Catherine looked casual and relaxed chatting animatedly with the children as they toasted marshmallows. She later spoke with leaders over how they are adapting since the pandemic and the challenges they have faced.
The new partnership between the Duchess and the Duke of Kent seems like a perfect match, as the two royals share similar interests. The Duchess is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) Wimbledon and the Lawn Tennis Association, the Duke is President. Photography is also a passion they share – Catherine is patron of the Royal Photographic Society and the Duke of Kent is also a member.
On the Duchess of Cambridge’s new appointment, the Duke of Kent said in a statement: “As The Scout Association’s President since 1975, it has been my privilege to watch as the evolve with the times, while honouring their proud history.
“The Scouts’ ethos of dedication, inclusivity, and lending a helping hand to 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.”
Chief Executive of The Scout Association, Matt Hyde also 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.”
Catherine’s visit marks the start of a busy month in October for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William’s upcoming documentary on ITV, Prince William: A Planet For Us All, airs October 5th at 9pm. The Duke is expected to launch the prestigious The Earthshot Prize on October 8th – an award which has been dubbed the “Nobel Peace Prize for Environmentalism”, and finally William will become keynote speaker at the first ever TED Talks Countdown Event on October 10th.
The Duchess is set to reveal the results of her highly publicised survey 5 Big Questions which was delayed due to the pandemic, and further engagements are scheduled, though will remain embargoed until the day of the engagement.
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