Kate hands out Scouts honours

The Duchess of Cambridge has honoured the high achievements of hundreds of Scouts at Windsor Castle.

Bear Grylls: Kate 'incredible role model' for Scouts

The Duchess of Cambridge has met with adventurer and TV star Bear Grylls at the National Review of Queen's Scouts, held at Windsor Castle today.

Duchess of Cambridge meets Chief Scout Bear Grylls (2nd L) and Sea Scout Rob Butcher (2nd R). Credit: Reuters/ Olivia Harris

Grylls - who became the UK's youngest Chief Scout in 2009 aged 34 - said Kate was an "incredible role model" who helped show that Scouting was not just for boys.

Grylls said: "She's also such a generous volunteer and everyone is so excited to have her in the Scouting family. Many people have followed her lead and are getting involved and enjoying the adventure."

Duchess of Cambridge greets Scout award winners

The Duchess of Cambridge met with youngsters today, who had received gallantry awards for everyday bravery at the annual National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle.

The annual celebration dates back 80 years, with tens of thousands of young men and women being honoured during that time with King's or Queen's Scout Award for their outstanding personal achievements.

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Kate meets with Scouts at prestigious celebration

Four hundred youngsters and their families from across the UK and around the Commonwealth flocked to the prestigious National Review of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle.

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge handed out Scouting honours in a light green Mulberry coat.

Kate Middleton meets Scouts at the annual celebration.
Scouting band plays for Kate Middleton.
Kate talks to Scouts honoured at the annual celebration.

Duchess of Cambridge hands out Scouting awards

The Duchess of Cambridge has honoured the high achievements of hundreds of Scouts at an annual celebration at Windsor Castle.

Kate Middleton hands out Scouting awards.

Despite being six months pregnant, the royal is increasing her charitable workload and is now patron of seven organisations as well as being a volunteer with the Scout Association. Kate joined the Scouts last year.

Today most of the youngsters received Queen's Scouts awards - the highest a Scout can gain - for achievements including carrying out regular community service for a year.