Wednesday 22 May 2019

Kate Middleton mixes high-low fashion for active afternoon with the Scouts

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex, Britain March 28, 2019. REUTERS/John Sibley
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex, Britain March 28, 2019. REUTERS/John Sibley
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the Scout's Early Years Pilot, Gilwell Park on March 28, 2019 in Epping, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reacts during her visit to the Scouts' headquarters at Gilwell Park, north London on March 29, 2019
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Scouts' headquarters in Gilwell Park, Essex, Britain March 28, 2019. REUTERS/John Sibley
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the Scout's Early Years Pilot, Gilwell Park on March 28, 2019 in Epping, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the Scout's Early Years Pilot, Gilwell Park on March 28, 2019 in Epping, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton has mastered the art of balancing high-low fashion at official engagements.

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge's love of recycling has been well documented over the years, setting the tone for more affordable fashion among the senior royals and she showcased her seemingly effortless approach to dressing for an active day at the Scouts' headquarters today. The mother-of-three was the guest of honour in Essex to learn about the organisation's future plans, including encouraging children as young as four to join; which meant she was hands-on with the children and appropriately dressed for the occasion.

She arrived in a pair of black skinny jeans, a round neck jumper by J.Crew, which retails for €99, her trusty Barbour wax jacket, preferred among the her aristocratic country social set (€175) and a pair of Chloé liegi suede ankle boots, which cost €269.

Throughout the day, she participated in activities like boat building and balloon rocket assembling at Gilwell Park in Essex, which is home to Scouting.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the Scout's Early Years Pilot, Gilwell Park on March 28, 2019 in Epping, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at the Scout's Early Years Pilot, Gilwell Park on March 28, 2019 in Epping, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

The pilot scheme for the new younger Scout section was announced late last year, with 20 locations across England to take part initially.

Scouting currently reaches 473,000 young people between the ages of six and 25 in the UK.

Gilwell Park includes a Scout campsite and adventure centre, and welcomes thousands of Scouts, schools and youth groups each year.

Kate will plant an oak sapling to mark the 100th anniversary of the site on her visit.

The Scout movement was founded in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell.

Additional reporting by Press Association

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reacts during her visit to the Scouts' headquarters at Gilwell Park, north London on March 29, 2019
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reacts during her visit to the Scouts' headquarters at Gilwell Park, north London on March 29, 2019

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