Down-to-earth Duchess! Kate Middleton is joined by Prince William for first engagement at Cop26


The Duchess of Cambridge was in her element as she met with a Scouts Group during a visit to Glasgow today. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, visited Alexandra Park Sports Hub in Dennistoun to meet with Scouts from across the area and learn more about the Scouts’ #PromiseToThePlanet campaign.

The event marks the first engagement for the couple since they arrived in Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference. 

Kate dressed down in black jeans, a black polo neck a khaki green gilet, her favourite pair of £250 See by Chloe boots and a Scouts woggle to meet Cub and Beaver Scouts this afternoon. 

The Duchess, who previously volunteered with the Scouts and was a Brownie growing up, appeared in good spirits during the outdoor engagement. 

During the outing the couple took part in ‘wild flower bombing’ where they joined the children to throw soil packed with seeds onto a grassy bank to rewild it.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in their element as they met with a Scouts Group during a visit to Glasgow today (pictured)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in their element as they met with a Scouts Group during a visit to Glasgow today (pictured) 

Getting their hands dirty! The couple also delved into 'wildflower planting' with the children and grabbed handfuls of soil to plant at the site

Getting their hands dirty! The couple also delved into ‘wildflower planting’ with the children and grabbed handfuls of soil to plant at the site 

Prince William could be seen peering closely at a bike worshop during his outing in Glasgow to meet with Scouts earlier this afternoon

Prince William could be seen peering closely at a bike worshop during his outing in Glasgow to meet with Scouts earlier this afternoon 

The beaming Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was in high spirits as she met with a Scouts Group during a visit to Glasgow today (pictured)

The beaming Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was in high spirits as she met with a Scouts Group during a visit to Glasgow today (pictured) 

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, visited Alexandra Park Sports Hub in Dennistoun to meet with Scouts from across the area and learn more about the Scouts’ #PromiseToThePlanet campaign

Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, visited Alexandra Park Sports Hub in Dennistoun to meet with Scouts from across the area and learn more about the Scouts’ #PromiseToThePlanet campaign

Kate was named joint president of the Scouts last year. Kate is sharing the position - her first presidency of an organisation - with the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Kent, who has been president of the youth movement since 1975

Kate was named joint president of the Scouts last year. Kate is sharing the position – her first presidency of an organisation – with the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, who has been president of the youth movement since 1975 

The Duchess of struck just the right style note as she joined Prince William in Glasgow today.

The royal dressed down in a pair of black skinny jeans, and wrapped up against the chilly weather in a green quilted gilet, a new addition to the royal wardrobe. 

The mother-of-three finished the look with her trusty brown suede See By Chloé boots, which feature leather trim detailing on a round-toe, lace-up base.

Kate has often worn the boots, opting for them three times last year, including for a visit to a community garden in north London in January, and to the Scouts London headquarters in March.  

Meanwhile Kate appeared in high spirits as she leant down to speak with Scouts who were serving up food and practicing their cooking skills

Meanwhile Kate appeared in high spirits as she leant down to speak with Scouts who were serving up food and practicing their cooking skills 

Kate and Prince William could be seen beaming as they met with the group of Scouts and their parents during the outing in Glasgow today

Kate and Prince William could be seen beaming as they met with the group of Scouts and their parents during the outing in Glasgow today 

The couple could be seen joking with one another as they arrived for their first outing for the Cop26 conference today in Glasgow

The couple could be seen joking with one another as they arrived for their first outing for the Cop26 conference today in Glasgow 

Meanwhile the royal’s hair cascaded around her shoulder in looser tonged waves, with the emphasis on sleek and natural rather than voluminous and bouncy. 

Kate was named joint president of the Scouts last year. Kate is sharing the position – her first presidency of an organisation – with the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, who has been president of the youth movement since 1975. 

One of their hosts was 12-year-old Lewis Howe, one of the 26 #OneStepGreener Ambassadors recently announced by the UK Government – extraordinary, everyday people who are going above and beyond for the climate. 

Through Scouting, Lewis is taking positive action on the issues that matter to him the most and challenging all Scottish schools to reduce food waste by using surplus food to create meals for those in need using environmentally friendly packaging.

The Duke and Duchess could be seen sharing a laugh with the Scouts as they arrived at the engagement in Glasgow earlier today

The Duke and Duchess could be seen sharing a laugh with the Scouts as they arrived at the engagement in Glasgow earlier today 

At one stage, the mother-of-three could be seen gazing up at her husband, before they both received special woggles as part of their visit

At one stage, the mother-of-three could be seen gazing up at her husband, before they both received special woggles as part of their visit

At one stage, the mother-of-three could be seen gazing up at her husband, before they both received special woggles as part of their visit 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived for a visit to celebrate the Scouts PromiseToThePlanet campaign in Glasgow this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived for a visit to celebrate the Scouts PromiseToThePlanet campaign in Glasgow this afternoon 

Meanwhile the royal's hair cascaded around her shoulder in looser tonged waves, with the emphasis on sleek and natural rather than voluminous and bouncy

Meanwhile the royal’s hair cascaded around her shoulder in looser tonged waves, with the emphasis on sleek and natural rather than voluminous and bouncy

She could be seen carrying a biscuit snack during one stage of the engagement and waved to Scouts who had gathered to meet her

She could be seen carrying a biscuit snack during one stage of the engagement and waved to Scouts who had gathered to meet her

She could be seen carrying a biscuit snack during one stage of the engagement and waved to Scouts who had gathered to meet her (pictured left and right) 

The Duchess appeared in high spirits as she took part in her first engagement as part of the Cop26 conference today (pictured)

The Duchess appeared in high spirits as she took part in her first engagement as part of the Cop26 conference today (pictured) 

The Duke and Duchess went on to take part in activities that demonstrate how Scouting is helping to equip young people with the skills to tackle climate change.

They also learned how millions of Scouts across the globe have been contributing to the #PromiseToThePlanet campaign, raising awareness of the consequences of climate change and encouraging individual as well as collective action to address it. 

Kate was previously a volunteer with a Cub Scout pack when she and the Duke of Cambridge lived in Anglesey, North Wales.

She has carried out numerous visits to Scout groups over the years, including joining Cubs in North Wootton, near King’s Lynn in Norfolk, in 2016 to celebrate 100 years of the youth movement and visiting the Scouts’ headquarters in Gilwell Park in Essex in 2019. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was in her element as she got stuck in with outdoor activities during a visit to a Scouts Group in Glasgow today

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was in her element as she got stuck in with outdoor activities during a visit to a Scouts Group in Glasgow today

Kate dressed down in black jeans, a black polo neck a khaki green gilet, her favourite pair of See by Chloe boots and a Scouts woggle to meet Cub and Beaver Scouts this afternoon 

Kate dressed down in black jeans, a black polo neck a khaki green gilet, her favourite pair of See by Chloe boots and a Scouts woggle to meet Cub and Beaver Scouts this afternoon

Kate dressed down in black jeans, a black polo neck a khaki green gilet, her favourite pair of See by Chloe boots and a Scouts woggle to meet Cub and Beaver Scouts this afternoon

The couple could be seen chatting with a group of the Scouts to celebrate the PromiseToThePlanet campaign at Alexandra Park Sports Hub, Dennistoun (pictured)

The couple could be seen chatting with a group of the Scouts to celebrate the PromiseToThePlanet campaign at Alexandra Park Sports Hub, Dennistoun (pictured)

The couple could be seen chatting with a group of the Scouts to celebrate the PromiseToThePlanet campaign at Alexandra Park Sports Hub, Dennistoun (pictured) 

Prince William appeared particularly impressed by one young Scouts collection of badges, and  could be seen gesturing to several

Prince William appeared particularly impressed by one young Scouts collection of badges, and  could be seen gesturing to several 

The Duke and Duchess are in Glasgow representing the crown alongside Camilla and Prince Charles.

Earlier today, The Duke of Cambridge tweeted: ‘COP26 is a landmark moment for the future of our planet — I’m proud that our @EarthshotPrize Finalists will be joining me in Glasgow to show the world that there is reason to be optimistic’.  

Prince Charles used his COP26 address to demand a ‘military-style campaign’ to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to ‘save our precious planet’.

The Duke of Cornwall said the pandemic had taught the world ‘timelines can be sped up dramatically’ when everyone ‘agrees on the urgency and the direction’.

The Duke and Duchess went on to take part in activities that demonstrate how Scouting is helping to equip young people with the skills to tackle climate change

The Duke and Duchess went on to take part in activities that demonstrate how Scouting is helping to equip young people with the skills to tackle climate change

The future king said top CEOs and businesses he had spoken to confirmed they were ready to do their part to protect the globe from climate change.

The Prince was pictured speaking to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez about climate change at Dumfries House last night.

Charles’s passionate plea for action came as he addressed world leaders at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow today.

The Royal took to the stage after an emotive video showing the devastation humans had done to the planet.

On his way up the steps Charles, 72, stumbled but managed to regain his stride before delivering his speech.

The couple donned face masks as they arrived at the engagement earlier today before removing the coverings to meet with the Scouts

The couple donned face masks as they arrived at the engagement earlier today before removing the coverings to meet with the Scouts

The couple donned face masks as they arrived at the engagement earlier today before removing the coverings to meet with the Scouts  

Meanwhile The Queen was out driving close to Windsor Castle today as she takes a two-week break from duties amid fears for her health after her secret overnight stay in hospital late last month.

The images of Her Majesty behind the wheel will ease concerns for the 95-year-old’s health after her aides announced on Friday that she would be taking a fortnight break from her duties on doctor’s advice. 

The appearance today comes after royal experts suggested that there could now be a ‘reassessment and possibly a slight gear change in the kind of work the Queen does’ after the monarch dramatically pulled out of attending Cop26.

Six days before the 95-year-old was due to attend a reception and give a speech at the landmark conference, Buckingham Palace said she had ‘regretfully’ decided not to go – and would instead remain at Windsor Castle.

The Queen will continue to work behind the scenes while next week’s climate change summit takes place in Glasgow and record a video message – but there could now be a change in the distances she travels in future.

It comes amid fears for the health of Queen – who will film a video message which will be broadcast to delegates in Glasgow – after she was forced to cancel a visit to Northern Ireland at the 11th hour last Wednesday.

Palace sources insisted that her decision not to travel to Scotland was simply a ‘sensible precaution’ in light of her doctor’s advice to rest and that she was determined the conference should be a success.

Another source said it would have been ‘unwise’ for the Queen to make the 800-mile round trip from Windsor to Glasgow for the major event which aims to agree crucial global action on climate change.

Royal expert Roya Nikkhah said: ‘We had some quite interesting background guidance yesterday from royal sources saying that although she’s not going to be there in person, she is going to filming this video address this week and she is going to be working behind the scenes to make sure there are meaningful actions.

‘And I thought what was really interesting was the guidance we had that she’s very keen that other world leaders and heads of state don’t use her absence as an excuse not to attend. So she’s following it very, very closely.’

The Duchess has previously volunteered with the Scouts on Angelsey and was a Brownie growing up. Pictured: Kate wearing a yellow sweatshirt, khaki skirt and yellow necktie as she joined the Brownies in September 1990 at St Peter's Church Hall

The Duchess has previously volunteered with the Scouts on Angelsey and was a Brownie growing up. Pictured: Kate wearing a yellow sweatshirt, khaki skirt and yellow necktie as she joined the Brownies in September 1990 at St Peter’s Church Hall

Ms Nikkah, royal editor of the Sunday Times, who was speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, added: ‘It’s quite a trip for a 95-year-old and she’s had this incredibly packed both public and private diary for a few weeks, which has obviously left her pretty tired. 

‘And I think the feeling probably was – we don’t know, because we’re not doctors – but the feeling probably was from her doctors it was a little bit much for her to go up and do all that.

‘And it’s not just the travel – it’s also being on. It’s also entertaining and hosting world leaders, talking to them about climate change and all of that – I think the feeling probably is that’s just a little bit too much at the moment until she’s back to full strength.’

The Queen driving at Windsor this morning as she takes a break from royal duties on the advice of her doctors

The Queen driving at Windsor this morning as she takes a break from royal duties on the advice of her doctors

Her Majesty was seen in her green Jaguar estate she uses to ferry her corgis for their morning walk close to Windsor Castle

Her Majesty was seen in her green Jaguar estate she uses to ferry her corgis for their morning walk close to Windsor Castle

She continued: ‘I think there will be a reassessment and possibly a slight gear change in the kind of work the Queen does, the distances she travels, but I don’t think we will see – all being well, if the Queen is able to continue with public duties as we hope that she will be – I think we will still see her out and about as much as she and her doctors feel she can.

‘I think there will be a gear change, and her private secretaries and her diary secretaries looking at engagements that come in and thinking what does Her Majesty the Queen really need to be at, and what does she feel she really can do.

‘So I think there will be a constant review going forwards now.’

Last week, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘Following advice to rest, The Queen has been undertaking light duties at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the evening reception of Cop26 on Monday, November 1. Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.’

The palace has still not explained why the Queen was taken to hospital last week.

After it was announced she had cancelled the Northern Ireland visit, the palace initially said the monarch was resting at Windsor. It was only 36 hours later, after news had leaked out, that a spokesman confirmed she had been admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital in London for ‘preliminary investigations’.

Aides had hoped that the head of state would be well enough to lead the Royal Family at the summit, either in person or via video-link. And earlier on Tuesday she returned to work at Windsor, where she is resting on doctors’ orders, for the first time since last week.

Prince Charles has demanded a ‘military-style campaign’ to mobilise trillions of dollars of private sector cash to ‘save our precious planet’

 

The future king said top CEOs and businesses he had spoken to confirmed they were ready to do their part to protect the global from climate change

The future king said top CEOs and businesses he had spoken to confirmed they were ready to do their part to protect the global from climate change

The pictures show her face on a computer screen as she greeted the new ambassador from the Republic of Korea, Gunn Kim, who was at Buckingham Palace. She also spoke to the new Swiss ambassador, Markus Leitner.

The Queen’s decision not to attend Cop26 will be a blow to organisers. There are few people on the world stage who command the same respect and authority as the British monarch. 

With the head of state missing from the event, it is hoped no world leaders will use her absence as a reason not to attend the summit.

It previously emerged that Xi Jinping – president of China, now the planet’s biggest polluter – is skipping the much-anticipated conference.

He was among those who travelled by non-commercial plane from the G20 in Rome, MailOnline revealed

He was among those who travelled by non-commercial plane from the G20 in Rome, MailOnline revealed

Pictured: Billionaire Jeff Bezos (centre) and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez (right) meet with Britain's Prince Charles (left) last night in Dumfries House's Blue Drawing Room on the eve of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow

Pictured: Billionaire Jeff Bezos (centre) and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez (right) meet with Britain’s Prince Charles (left) last night in Dumfries House’s Blue Drawing Room on the eve of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow

The Royal Family will still be represented by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge – both of whom have strong environmental campaigning credentials – as well as the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Senior royal aides said the Queen will be working hard behind the scenes to make the summit a success.

She will film her video message at Windsor Castle later this week and has let it be known that she ‘very much wants Cop26 to be a success and see meaningful actions’.



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