Thursday, 28 March 2019

Dressed- down Duchess sports an entirely recycled outfit including a Barbour jacket and Chloe boots

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Scouts’ headquarters at Gilwell Park, Essex this morning wearing a recycled outfit including a khaki Barbour jacket, a red J.Crew jumper and her trusty brown Chloe boots.

Kate, 37, is there to learn more about the organisation’s new pilot to bring Scouting to younger children, while her visit to Gilwell Park also celebrates the site’s 100th anniversary year.

This morning the Duchess, who spoke to Scouts as she arrived and collected flowers from them, also teamed her casual outfit with black jeans and a scouts multi coloured scouts woggle.

Kate looked like she was having fun as she joined a number of sessions with young children currently taking part in the pilot scheme, called #SkillsForLife, including activities to improve communication and teamwork, such as boat building and balloon rocket assembling. 

A group of Scouts aged 14 to 18 will also show the Duchess a number of Gilwell Park’s iconic features, including the famous Gilwell Oak, named UK Tree of the Year in 2017. 

Kate wore her trusty brown Chloe liegi suede ankle boots (£252), which she last wore during her visit to King Henry's Walk Garden in Islington, and also her J.Crew Isabel Mockneck Jumper in Mahogany (£89).

The Duchess wore her brunette locks down, with a slight wave to it, classic make up and also new gold hoop earrings. 

During her visit Kate played with the children, giggling as she hid with one of the children in a den that they had made outside with sticks and leaves.  

Excited scouts also waited at the entrance with their parents, waving flags and hoping they will catch a glimpse of the Duchess before she left.

 In 2012 the palace announced the Duchess would become a Scout leader as part of her patronage of charities and bodies. 

In November 2018, the Scouts announced 20 pilots in England to explore how they could introduce scouting to a younger audience - children between the ages of four and six.

The pilot scheme comes as research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are more pivotal for development, and for future health and happiness, than any other single moment in their lifetime. 

What a child experiences during its earliest years shapes the development of the brain and influences interactions at school, work and in society.  


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