Scouting for Kate: Duchess of Cambridge is latest cover girl for movement's magazine
Anna Wintour may be one of the most successful women in publishing, but she has nothing on Scouting magazine. For they have succeeded where Wintour didn't, by securing the Duchess of Cambridge as a covergirl for their latest issue.
Last October, rumours were abound that the U.S. Vogue editor was desperate to place Catherine on the cover of her magazine. But the Queen was said to have disapproved, and nothing came of it.
Now – just weeks after the announcement that the Duchess is going to help out with her local scout packs – she has been given the ultimate seal of approval.
Cover girl: The Duchess of Cambridge is the new darling of the scouting world
The magazine's website asks: 'Where were you when you heard the announcement about the duchess joining Scouting'
Although Catherine did not pose for the photo – it is an official picture which was taken shortly before her wedding – she is sure to have approved of it being used for the magazine's cover.
The picture, which shows the Duchess' trademark flowing locks and a wide smile, is accompanied by the headline: 'A Royal Role Model.'
An article on the magazine's website is gushing in its praise of its newest recruit.
In the opening paragraph, the writer asks: 'Where were you when you heard the announcement about the duchess joining Scouting'
describe Catherine's involvement in the scouts as 'a boost not just to
the beavers and cubs in north Wales whom she will be supporting
directly, but to all of us across the UK who are trying to recruit new
St James' Palace announced that Catherine would be helping out her local troops on an ad hoc basis on January 5.
A spokesman told the Mail that the Duchess
had been keen to become involved as she ‘loved the idea of Scouting and
working hands-on with children’ and felt it tied in with her own
interest and hobbies, particularly the outdoors.
As a former Brownie, the young royal
will already have experience of many of the scouts' activities. Now she
will be helping to facilitate them.
According to the Scout Association, Kate
will lend a hand with the day-to-day working of her packs as well as
activities including running games, teaching first aid and helping out
with cooking and campfires, as well as helping the girls and boys work towards
Chief Scout Bear Grylls gave a delighted reaction to the news that she would be helping out.
He said: ‘The Duchess has an incredibly busy life, which makes it all the more inspiring that she has chosen to volunteer alongside us.
‘Over the last few years it has been
our mission to make it easier for adults who volunteer with us to give
as much or as little as they are able – it is how we change our society:
many people doing a little bit.’
The movement hopes that the Duchess' committment will persuade others to take up volunteering too.
From brownie to scout volunteer: The Duchess in her uniform in 1991
Scouting Magazine reads: 'Think about how
you can make it work in your area – you might not be able to recruit a
duchess, but you can get more people involved by being flexible.
Women have been allowed to join the scouts since 1976 and there are currently 66,000 girl members and 40,000 female leaders.
The movement was founded by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907 to help young people with their ‘physical, mental and spiritual development’.
It requires members to be loyal, friendly, courageous and considerate – as well as keeping to the famous motto to ‘Be Prepared’.
Helping out at the scouts will also see the Duchess pledging allegiance to her grandmother-in-law, the Queen.
The scout promise includes the vow: 'To do my best to do my duty to God and to the Queen, To help other people, And to keep the Scout Law’.
…AND THE DUCHESS ALSO WEARS OUR FAVOURITE FASCINATORS
The Duchess of Cambridge has been voted 'Hat Person of the Year' by The Headwear Association.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Catherine received 91 per cent of the vote. The next favourite headpiece wearer was fashion stylist and designer Rachel Zoe who received just 4 per cent.
The Headwear Association (THA) was founded in 1908 and is the oldest fashion trade association in the industry. Its mission is to promote hat wearing and the headwear industry throughout the world.
This is the third annual Hat Person of the Year competition – and the Duchess is the first woman to win first prize. The previous winners were Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.
Here are a few of our favourite hats and fascinators which Catherine wore in 2011…
From left: Kate wears a coffee coloured
hat to the Epsom Derby, a plum made-to-measure Jane Corbett hat for her
first traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church and a
cowboy hat during the royal tour
From left: A navy number worn to
present medals to the Irish Guards in Windsor, a scarlet headpiece seen
during the royal tour of Canada and a cream ensemble debuted at the
Wedding of Zara Phillips and MIke Tindall