The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, wants Prince George and Princess Charlotte to have as normal a childhood as possible. The 33-year-old has revealed she plans to sign her children up to the Scouts and Rainbows when they are old enough so they can interact with boys and girls of a similar age.
Kate made the revelation during her official day of engagements with Prince William in North Wales on Friday. The royal couple greeted members of the public, including members of 10th Bangor Scouts group, in Caernarfon town centre.
Kate said she wants George and Charlotte to join the Scouts and Rainbows
The Duchess told local Scout guides Cadi Evans, 12, and Molly Swann, 17, that she had "really enjoyed" her time helping out at a scout group on Anglesey when she and William lived on the island.
"She said that she needs to put Charlotte's name down for Rainbows," said Caernarfon's county commissioner for Girl Guides Jill Wilkinson.
"She really enjoyed helping with the scout group and said she will get George (into) scouting."
However, despite her enthusiasm, the Duchess made a scouting faux pas when greeting 12-year-old Guto Jones. While asking the youngster what his favourite thing about the scouts was, Kate used her right hand to greet him – instead of the left-handed scouts handshake.
Kate met a local Scouts group during her visit to North Wales
Scout leader Stephen Porter, from 1st Caernarfon group, said: "She shook their hands with her right and then remembered and shook mine with her left."
Kate has been one of the Scouts' flexible volunteers since January 2013, and previously visited a newly-formed Scout group for an evening of activities including baking and learning sign language together in December 2014.
The mother-of-two, who recently said she was lucky to have had a "wonderful and secure childhood", is intent on offering the same for her own children. As well as raising George and Charlotte away from the media glare at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall, the hands-on mum enjoys regular days out with her two-year-old son, including a recent visit to London's Natural History Museum.