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Duchess blindfolded by Scouts to learn about disability

Pictures from the Duchess of Cambridge's visit to a London beaver scout group have shown the pregnant princess trying to ice a cake while blindfolded and attempting to eat while wearing a boxing glove as she joined youngsters in learning about disability.

The Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a blindfold, is helped to ice a cake by Fynley Gooch, aged seven, as she promotes disability awareness when she met with children at the newly established 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony in east London Credit: Ben Stansall/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge sitting beside Scout Leader Carlos Lopez-Plandolit, learns about disability by wearing a boxing glove to handle a fork Credit: Ben Stansall/PA Wire

The tracksuit-clad royal also learnt some basic sign language with the children as they were given a practical lesson in living with a disability during a weekly meeting of the 23rd Popular Beaver Scout Colony at Old Ford Primary School in East London.

The Duchess of Cambridge learning sign language as she meets with children at the newly established 23rd Poplar Beaver Scout Colony in east London Credit: Ben Stansall/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge watches as the beaver scouts are taught sign language Credit: Ben Stansall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Royal wedding cake slice to be auctioned

A slice of cake from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding is to be auctioned next week.

Auctioneers Mellors and Kirk are expecting the slice of fruit cake to fetch between £50 and £150 when it goes up for sale on Wednesday.

The cake along with the special note is expected to fetch between £50-£150. Credit: Handout photo issued by Mellors & Kirk.

The cake is to be sold by former employee of Crown Speciality Packaging, Adrian Richardson. who was one of a small number of employees of the firm who were sent a piece of the royal wedding cake to thank them for their work on a specially commissioned presentation tin.

Nigel Kirk, director of Mellors and Kirk Auctioneers in Nottingham said: "It will no doubt be popular with collectors of royal memorabilia."

Camilla supports Sri Lanka women and children's groups

The Duchess of Cornwall has spent the final day of the eleven-day royal tour visiting charities that help women and children in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Women in Need centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Credit: PA

Camilla visited the Home Start centre, which was funded by Leeds City Council to help educate and help local mothers and their children, and the Women in Need centre, also in the Capital.

The Duchess of Cornwall during a visit to the Home Start centre, which was funded by Leeds City Council. Credit: PA

Charles and Camilla began their trip in India, before visiting Sri Lanka, where the prince yesterday opened the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which has been overshadowed by accusations that the host nation's regime committed human rights abuses when it ended a civil war.

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Duchess joins children for tea party at hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge has been visiting children at Naomi House hospice in Hampshire.

Kate joined children for a tea party during her 90 minute visit.

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting children and staff as she visits Naomi House Children's Hospice Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She also visited the hydrotherapy pool where she saw children at play.

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting children and staff in the hydrotherapy pool Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Duchess of Cambridge touring Naomi House Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Kate visit 'a real boost' for hospice families

The chairman of a Hampshire hospice has said that the Duchess of Cambridge has provided a "real boost" for its families.

Professor Khalid Aziz, chairman of Naomi House, which was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1997, said: "We are delighted that Her Royal Highness has chosen Naomi House to visit at the start of Children's Hospice Week.

"Her presence has provided a real boost for our families, our volunteers and all our dedicated staff who were thrilled to meet her."

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