Duchess of Cambridge wears Scout scarf and toasts marshmallows as she takes on new role

The Duchess of Cambridge has marked her new role as joint president of The Scout Association by toasting marshmallows with Cub and Beaver Scouts.

Kate, 38, is sharing the position – her first presidency of an organisation – with the Queen‘s cousin, the Duke of Kent, who has been president since 1975.

The duchess, a former Brownie, wore her Scout scarf as she joined the 12th Northolt group around the campfire in west London.

Kate gave the children some wise marshmallow toasting advice: “Make sure it doesn’t get gooey and fall off” – and also got involved with making some paper ‘whirlybirds’.

On the recommendation of chief scout Bear Grylls, Kate was also presented with the Silver Wolf Award, the association’s highest honour for adult volunteers.

The Scouts told the duchess they had sent cards to elderly people and those shielding during the coronavirus pandemic, and had also put messages on pebbles.

“That’s a really lovely idea,” the duchess said.

“It has been hard as no one can see each other. But these are really special. Well done you.”

Scout groups across the country have this year carried out more than 10,000 acts of kindness by sending cards and greetings to care home residents.

The duchess – who is no stranger to the Scout movement – said she was “delighted” to be taking on her new role.

She used to volunteer with a Cub Scout pack when she and the Duke of Cambridge lived in North Wales.

“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,” she said.

Kate has carried out numerous visits to Scout groups over the years, including joining Cubs in North Wootton in 2016 to celebrate 100 years of the movement, and visiting Scout headquarters in Gilwell Park in Essex in 2019.

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