LiveROYAL VISIT: The Duchess of Cambridge in South Lakeland

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The Westmorland Gazette: The Duchess of Cambridge and Scout Leaders learn the best way to start a fire outdoors


The Duchess of Cambridge and Scout Leaders learn the best way to start a fire outdoors


The Westmorland Gazette: The Duchess of Cambridge with Scout Leaders at Great Tower Scout Camp


The Duchess of Cambridge with Scout Leaders at Great Tower Scout Camp





The Duchess is now on her way from a snowy South Lakeland.

Rhiannon Clifford-Powell, aged 10, was one of the Scouts lucky enough to meet the Duchess.

She said: "I was really excited when I found out Kate was coming and I was bursting to tell everyone but I had to keep it a secret.

"I did not know what to expect but she was really nice and friendly."



Our reporter Stephanie Manley is chatting to some of the children who were lucky enough to meet the Duchess.

Stay tuned to find out what they thought!



Kate is now back outside with the Cubs learning how to light a fire.

And, with the snow continuing to fall, that fire will come in handy!


This afternoon, mum-to-be Kate will be cooking with children and watching the youngsters demonstrate the climbing skill 'belaying.'


The Duchess looks jolly as the snow continues to fall on this, her first official visit to Cumbria



The Duchess asked lots of questions about how to make the perfect twist!

She kept her ring on while making the mixture and laughed as her hands became a gooey mess!


They learnt how to make a camp fire and then mixed flour, water and sugar and wound it round sticks to make the twists.

They put them over the fire to cook and there was lots of laughter as some fell apart.

Bravely sampling one of the dough creations, Kate said: "It's actually quite nice - quite sugary!"


The Duchess has been meeting with Scout leaders, learning how they pass on their knowledge to younger Cubs


The Duchess has been making dough twists with Scouts at snowy Great Tower camp at Newby Bridge.

She is now enjoying a private lunch with the youngsters.










Duchess of Cambridge has arrived at Great Tower Scout Activity Centre at Newby Bridge







Simon Carter, assistant director of the Scout Association, tells our reporter Stephanie Manley: "Kate has joined other organisations as patron and president but, for us, she wanted to do more.

"She wanted to do something meaningful and if she can find the time to volunteer it demonstrates anyone can.

"We have 35,000 people wanting to join the Scouts but they can't because there aren't enough adult volunteers."



So, the Duchess of Cambridge is making her first official visit to Cumbria today.

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 at Newby Bridge.

Follow this live blog for the latest on her trip to a very snowy South Lakeland, including updates and pictures from our reporter Stephanie Manley.

Scout Explorer James Ferguson 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’.

“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.



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