Kate Middleton lends a hand to children, the arts with her charity projects

Kate Middleton, known as the Duchess of Cambridge, today announced the first five organizations she will support as a royal patron.

5. The Scout Association

The Duchess will also be volunteering with the Scout Association in northern Wales, where Prince William is currently based as a helicopter pilot with the Royal Air Force. She’ll work with the youngest cohorts specifically, known as Beaver and Cub Scouts, according to MSNBC.
Britain’s Daily Mail reports that Kate joined the Brownies at age 8 – and offers a photo of a the princess-to-be in her uniform. According to a St. James spokesman quoted by the Mail, Scouting appeals to Kate’s love for the outdoors and working with children. Nearly 100,000 people in the United Kingdom volunteer with the organization. Queen Elizabeth is a patron of the Scouts and the Duke of Kent is its president, according to The Telegraph.

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