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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, heads for Cumbria

The Duchess of Cambridge is to enjoy her first official visit to Cumbria next week – followed by her father-in-law the week after.

Prince Charles photo
Prince Charles

Kate, who is a volunteer in the Scout Association, will join fellow adult volunteers at Great Tower Scout Camp at Newby Bridge near Windermere working with cubs and beavers.

The duchess will travel to the 250-acre scout activity centre on Friday.

She will be followed in the county by the Prince of Wales, almost a week later, when he visits Kirkby Lonsdale on a tour of the market and local shops, meeting stall holders, shopkeepers and residents.

The duchess will use her training to help look after a group of 24 cub scouts from Cumbria and Manchester, who will be taking part in a pack holiday event.

As part of their programme, the cubs will be climbing trees, belaying, cooking outdoors and lighting fires under the guidance of the duchess and other volunteers.

But the duchess, being five months pregnant, is expected to keep her feet firmly on the ground.

The Prince of Wales will also visit St Mary’s Church – parts of which date back to the 12th century – in Kirkby Lonsdale on his visit next Thursday.

He is also scheduled to visit HF Holidays’ Thorns Hall in Sedbergh during its centenary year.

HF Holidays organises walking and leisure activity holidays for all the family.

Finally, Prince Charles will meet staff and see a specialist manufacturing process of steel castings during a visit to Bonds Precision Castings in Alston - part of the Bonds northern foundry group.

The company is a significant employer in rural Cumbria and a leading producer of pump equipment exporting to 25 countries.

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