The final coronation festivities are underway in the shape of the Big Help Out, rounding off a jubilant weekend for the nation which started with Saturday's momentous ceremony in Westminster Abbey and was proceeded by Sunday's star-studded coronation concert.
The public have been encouraged to take up hundreds of thousands of volunteering roles on the extra bank holiday with more than 1,500 charities involved.
The King and Queen will not be appearing publicly today but other members of the royal family have been out on their behalf. The Prince and Princess of Wales and their children have been volunteering at a local scout hut in Slough. And Princess Kate has even revealed a special nickname for her expressive youngest, Prince Louis.
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Surprise appearance from George, Charlotte and Louis!
The Prince and Princess of Wales made a highly-anticipated appearance together on Monday as they volunteered at a local scout hut in Slough as part of the Big Help Out.
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And they brought along some very special helpers – children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and little Prince Louis.
The family braved the inclement weather to make a final appearance together as part of the coronation celebrations.
They joined excited volunteers in renovating the 3rd Upton Scouts Hut in Slough, with works including resetting a path, digging a new soakaway, sanding and revarnishing the front door, adding planters to the front of the building and adding a mural to create a lasting legacy of the Big Help Out’s work.
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It was a big day for little Louis, marking his very first royal engagement. One of his first jobs was helping Charlotte to paint a planter. The two youngest children knelt down, grabbing brushes dripping with white masonry paint, obvious to the fact that they were getting it on their hair and bare legs.
One fellow volunteer asked Louis: ‘You might want to be a painter when you grow up?’‘ "No a fighter pilot," he responded. "Just like your father and grandfather!" the lady replied.
The five-year-old even got to operate a digger with his father, the Prince of Wales, after seeing big brother, Prince George, nine, have a go and telling his mother: "I want to go in with him!"
The royal tot was visibly awestruck as he sat on his dad's knee and dug a huge hole in the ground. See him in action...
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At the point that Louis took it upon himself to load a wheelbarrow with builder's sand, his mum Kate watched on proudly. "A bit more," she encouraged before asking: "Do you want a hand, are you sure you can manage?" But Louis was so engrossed he didn't even respond!
His brother and sister were just as involved in the day's activities. Princess Charlotte, dressed in denim shorts and a pink jumper, helped stain a fence.
And future king George was even seen using a drill - under the watchful eye of a scout leader. The nine-year-old, dressed in chinos, trainers and a puffer coat, was the picture of concentration as he placed a screw carefully into a hole and drilled it in.
The three young royals got a reward for their hard work, toasting marshmallows over a camp fire. Louis was very particular about his sweet treat, announcing loudly twice: "I like mine just like this."
And it was while they were gathered around the fire that Kate revealed her sweet nickname for Louis - 'Lou-Bugs.'
The family also all had a go at archery - and Princess Charlotte knocked both her two brothers out of the park with an instant 10, a bullseye!
Louis, whose bow was a big as him, also showed he has inherited his parents’ sportiness, hitting the target as well. He loved it so much that he kept on running back to pick up his arrows and and having another go, hitting the target several times. "Come on, Louis, you can do it," Kate encouraged.
Scout leader Simon Carter later told HELLO! that the family had driven themselves to Slough and noted: "Generally they had a really, really relaxed time, which was probably what was needed after the last few days."
Asked how Louis had seemed on his first engagement, he added: "He was really excited. They all got presented with a Big Help Out badge at the end, so they all got a Scouts scarf."
The 3rd Upton Scouts Hut was built in 1982 and is used by a variety of community groups in the area, including the local mosque, a senior citizens contact group for members of the Asian community and the Scout group themselves.
The building is also used by ‘Slough All Nations,’ a group with heritage spanning across St. Kitts & Nevis, and which provides recreation and leisure activities to improve health and wellbeing and promote community cohesion. The Princess of Wales has been Joint President of the Scouts since 2020.
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh give their opinions on the coronation at puppy guide dog training
The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh attended a Guide Dogs puppy training class in Reading for the Big Help Out initiative on Monday. Sophie told onlookers that the coronation had been “extraordinary”, while the Duke said that he thought the ceremony went “very well” and that despite being shorter than 1953, nothing was “missing” from it.
The King’s youngest brother also joked that everyone in the Royal Box at the Coronation Concert last night was “very nervous” that Miss Piggy would show up unannounced after the Muppets character made a cameo during the star-studded event.
The Royal couple joined volunteers and staff for an interactive training class that focused on teaching the puppies skills to help on their journey to becoming guide dogs. Sophie looked elegant in red trousers teamed with a smart beige jacket.
While talking to the volunteers after the class, the Duke was asked about how he thought his brother’s historic crowning ceremony went. He added: “I couldn’t actually see what happened in the procession because the trouble of being part of it is that you don’t see it - we need to catch up and watch it.”
Edward added that it was the fourth Coronation to be rained on, saying it was therefore “quite appropriate that we managed to continue that tradition”.
The couple spent the afternoon training and playing with the selection of puppies and dogs at the charity’s centre in Reading, Berkshire. Sophie has been the patron of Guide Dogs since July 2021, succeeding Princess Alexandra, who held the position for over 60 years.
It comes after the royals stepped out in force on Sunday evening to celebrate at the Coronation Concert, held at Windsor Castle.
While Prince Louis missed on the musical extravaganza, William and Kate did bring along George and Charlotte – and the family had the best time.
Take That, billed as pop “royalty”, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie brought the house down and got the royals on their feet and dancing – including King Charles and Queen Camilla – during the 95-minute extravaganza.
The concert in Windsor, hosted by Paddington and Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville, saw Hollywood star Tom Cruise, Dynasty actress Dame Joan Collins, adventurer Bear Grylls and singer Sir Tom Jones appear via video message.
The series of pre-recorded sketches revealed little-known facts about the monarch and included moments from beloved literary figure Winnie the Pooh – seemingly echoing the famous moment Paddington Bear drank tea with the Queen during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
There were also performances by Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, veteran rock guitarist Steve Winwood, and Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls.
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