Monday, 1 November 2021

The Cambridges Begin COP26 Engagements with Scouts

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, styled as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn in Scotland, kicked off their COP26 engagements at Alexandra Park in Dennistoun today, joining a group of children to learn more about the Scouts' Promise to the Planet campaign.

It's understood the Cambridges recently returned from a half-term holiday abroad. William and Kate were spotted with George, Charlotte, Louis and Nanny Maria Teresa arriving at Heathrow Airport's VIP service's private lounge known as the Windsor Suite last Thursday week. The family's chosen destination is unknown, though I imagine it was somewhere with fabulous weather judging by the children's attire -- shorts and sandals. The Duchess was spotted in trainers and a relaxed maxi shirt dress by ME+EM. The children returned to school and nursery back in London today, whilst William and Kate made the trip to Glasgow.

The Earl and Countess of Strathearn arriving by rail at Glasgow Central this afternoon.

Of course, before we delve into today's schedule, it would be remiss of me not to mention Her Majesty. The Queen spent a night in hospital almost a fortnight ago, and upon the advice of her medical team, will be carrying out only light duties for the time being. The monarch had very much hoped to host a reception and give a speech, but will give a pre-recorded message instead. The Queen was spotted driving around Windsor today and it's been said she's in very good spirits. I know we all send Her Majesty our very best wishes. We'll see the Duke and Duchess at the aforementioned reception tonight with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

A tweet from Prince William hailing this "landmark moment" before engagements got underway.

In September 2020, it was announced  the Duchess of Cambridge had become joint president of the Scouts, joining the Duke of Kent to champion the value and importance of Scouting and overseeing the council. To mark the news at the time, Kate said: "For many children and young people, the Scout Association plays a key role as they build relationships and develop the skills they need to succeed in later life. When I volunteered with the Scouts on Anglesey eight years ago, I was struck by the huge impact the organisation has on inspiring young people to support their communities and achieve their goals. I am delighted to be joining the Duke of Kent as Joint President of the Association and look forward to working with Scouts across the country as they strive to make a positive difference to our society."

Kate's association with the Scouts goes all the way back to Anglesey when it was revealed the Duchess, who was a Brownie as a child, would volunteer with a local group near her Wales home where the Cambridges lived whilst William worked as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot. In the years since, we've seen a number of engagements with the scouts. In 2013, the "Kate Effect" was credited with sparking a surge in volunteers across the UK with 2,800 people signing up.

The couple were eager to dig into an array of activities..

...beginning with planting wildflower seed bombs.

It was a decidedly fun start to the day :)

William and Kate chatting with Lord Lieutenant Eddie O'Rourke and Scout Lewis Howe. Eddie oversees Scouting in Glasgow and has been a central figure in the campaign.

A big 'hello' from Kate to the young scouts.

The Duke and Duchess joined a veggie burger cooking session.

A key theme of the campaign is learning about planet-friendly food options.

With excited helpers...

The Duchess was eager to get cooking.

Kate completes a bicycle safety check and discusses sustainable transport options and the difference they can make to our carbon footprint.

The Scouts shared the following on the effort: "You don’t have to be a scientist to know that climate change is a big deal. As Scouts, we’re committed to finding a global solution because we’re led by young people – and they know whose future is at stake. From June to November this year, 57 million Scouts from across the world will take a stand and work towards a better world by taking action to reduce climate change. They’ll get hands-on to make a difference wherever they live, use their voices to inspire decision makers, and record their actions for the planet. This campaign will help us work towards a number of Sustainable Development Goals, including: Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water and Life On Land."

The Duchess chose a casual, relaxed look with a quilted vest, black sweater and skinny jeans, along with familiar pieces.

With thanks to Lady Parky, the Duchess wore the GANNI Recycled Quilted Tech Fabric Vest. Made from 100% recycled polyester, it is described as a "sleeveless vest in quilted tech fabric, featuring a small collar, concealed button placket and patch pockets". It's available on the GANNI website.

Middleton Maven and Shannon suggest Kate's sweater is the Really Wild Clothing Cashmere Ribbed Roll Neck style

The Duchess accessorised with her Daniella Draper hoops.

Kate wore her See by Chloe boots. The leather-trimmed, suede ankle boots are described as: "See By Chloé's combat-style ankle boots are perfect for balancing the prettiness of floral dresses and floaty skirts. Made from dark-brown suede, they have tonal leather trims and logo-embossed heel tabs, and are set on a chunky tread sole."

Kate appropriately wore her Scouts scarves and a poppy on her lapel.

We'll shortly see William and Kate join Charles at a reception for the key members of the Sustainable Markets Initiative and the winners and finalists of the first Earthshot Prize Awards at Clydeside Distillery.


  1. Yay for scouting and for nonmeat burgers! As a vegetarian, I feel being meatless is the future (even fast food restaurants have options now). Love the wildflower bombs. I saw a program about a small field in Kent being converted to the wild, becoming a forest in a few years. Of course Charles taught William and Harry to care about the environment and they continue to do so with their wives. Need to shout out to Eugenie for her work with plastics and oceans. Wish I could be more encouraged in the US, but the fight is hard. Allison in US

    1. While HM is unable to attend, below is her eloquent statement about the initiative her husband started many years ago, a man ahead of his time, and one her son and grandson will continue. There is something beautiful and haunting about this particular message, as she speaks to all of us, to our mortality, and to our responsibility to future generations. Her call to "rise above the politics of the moment' is something that we should all heed, and in all manner of things. What a very wise and beautifully written message. Well delivered Your Majesty! God bless the Queen!

  2. Love the wildflower bomb, what a great start! Looking forward to this week of engagements and watching William and Kate connect these initiatives to relatable actions (such as wildflower bombs). While I am very saddened that HM will not be attending, I do like that PC and William are taking the lead in this important arena and am sure all eyes will be watching. As always, Kate transitions from event to event seamlessly and am just as excited about watching her style as I am her focus on activities in nature. While we all can't, or aren't able to be involved on a national level, we all can do our part locally and in our neighborhoods to continue to advocate for more green space, and think a wildflower section at a local park is a nice beginning, or maybe just in your own backyard. It's a start in doing our part.

  3. Nice outfit for a Nature walk and meeting scouts. The more one know about mother nature the better. I hope it is not going over the top? There is a right way and a wrong way.

    1. Your comment is very confusing to me. How is discussing sustainable food options and transportation methods being over the top or wrong? Planting wildflower bombs which can help sustain birds and wildlife be over the top or wrong? This planet needs all the help it can get to recover from so many years of abuse from mankind. Teaching youth how to help with this recovery is greatly needed since the adults can not be depended upon to do it.

      Border Terrier lover

  4. Trivial but wondering if anyone knows what brand the black leather tote is? She usually carries her Longchamp bag.

    1. I noticed that, too! I quite like this new (to us) leather tote.

    2. UFO no more has identified it as a Smythson bag.

  5. well i love the duke and duchess nature walk i hope they will contuse what they are doing

  6. Susan in Florida2 November 2021 at 16:02

    I encourage everyone to keep informed of land use issues and proposed property developments in their area. Showing up to a town meeting (even if you don’t speak). or writing your local officials with concerns and questions gets attention. Email has made the task easier. Please address the person by their proper title and in the first sentence say why you are writing. I advise not saying “I am writing to …” . That first sentence be bold as it might be read by an Admin Assistant first . Go for or it and say “ please do not vote yes to release twenty acres of land on the agriculture preserve to developers for housing”. Write an entire committee , it’s easy to get emails off city, town and county websites. Any issues you write about gives them one more opinion to consider.

    1. Here, here Susan in Florida! Excellent advice, starting in our own towns and neighborhoods is the first step! Well said.

  7. she really is great with kids and looks happy here nice to see

  8. Always love her casual looks. Bless them for doing so much to help save our precious planet.


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