THE first of two visits to South Lakeland by members of the monarchy takes place tomorrow.

Making her first official visit to the area is the Duchess of Cambridge, who is to visit Newby Bridge.

The duchess, who is six months pregnant, is a volunteer in the Scout Association and will join 24 fellow adult volunteers at Great Tower Scout Camp.

Scout Explorer James Ferguson, 21, will be one of those at the camp to greet the duchess.

The 21-year-old Lancaster University student, who lives in Carlisle, said he was ‘very excited’ about the visit. “It was a bit of a surprise when I found out Kate will be coming and joining in with our training.

“I’ve only been in my role for a few months so it will be nice to get some experience alongside royalty!”

Those in attendance, from Cumbria and Manchester, will get the chance to try tree climbing, outdoor cooking and fire lighting under the guidance of the newly-trained volunteer leaders.

Six days later, on Thursday, March 28, the Prince of Wales will undertake engagements in Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh.

As patron of the The Prince’s Countryside Fund, he will officially announce the opening of applications for a scheme to support rural countryside communities. The Land Rover Countryside Fund Bursary will see five individuals or businesses offered a Freelander 2 for a year.

Prince Charles will visit a Land Rover Experience driver training programme for beneficiaries of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, in Lupton.

From 11.45am, he will spend an hour-and-a-half in Kirkby Lonsdale on a tour of the market and local shops, meeting stall holders, shopkeepers and residents.

Allan Muirhead, chair of Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council, said: “We’re very excited.

“We preparing to give him a very warm, Cumbrian welcome.

“It’s 20 years since he was here last, when he came to open Church Brow Cottage. “But that was a private event, whereas this will be a public one, so we’re very excited about welcoming him to our town.

“Clarence House has heard that Kirkby Lonsdale is good at localism and taking over services that otherwise might close. So he’s coming to visit the market and visitor information shop that we took over.”

A brass band, junior brass band and saxophonists from Queen Elizaberth School are rehearsing for performances in the town centre.

The Prince will visit the market, meeting stall holders, shopkeepers and residents.

He will also be given a tour of St Mary’s Parish Church.

Mr Muirhead added: “Hopefully it will be a day to remember. We just hope the weather is on our side!”

The Prince will later visit HF Holidays’ at Thorns Hall, Sedbergh, which runs walking and leisure holidays for families.