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The Duchess of Cambridge spent a fun evening with a group of Beaver Scouts - and learnt to eat a chocolate bar while wearing a boxing glove.

Kate, who is an occasional volunteer with the Scout Association, was reduced to giggles as she joined the youngsters who were having a practical lesson in living with a disability.

And she even donned a blindfold and tried to decorate a cupcake with icing while being helped by a little boy.

Dressed casually in a black Scout Association hoodie, and matching skinny jeans and boots, she was given the local group's scarf by Beaver Scout leader Carlos Lopez-Plandolit, 31, when she first arrived.

Kate had travelled to the Old Ford Primary School in London's East End to act as an assistant at the weekly evening meeting of the 23rd Popular Beaver Scout Colony.

Her visit was unannounced and as she walked through the school gates a group of cub scouts who use the building had gathered to greet her and one said "oh my God" when he recognised her.

The Duchess had come to help 20 six to eight-year-old beavers earn their disability awareness badges and clearly enjoyed the experience of trying to eat a chocolate bar while wearing a boxing glove on her right hand.

She laughed as she first tried to pick up the sweet treat then the future Queen tried cutting it up with a fork and when she succeeded put the morsel in her mouth.

She encouraged Lilly Rose, aged eight, who was sitting next to her to have a go and even held the plate as the little girl got to grips with the tricky task.

Kate later helped Fynley Gooch, seven, as he tried to decorate a cupcake while blind folded.

She guided his hand as he squeezed a tube of icing on to the cake and then he did the same for her when she used her scarf to cover her eyes.

At one point the little boy wandered off and when Beaver Scout leader Carlos Lopez-Plandolit said he was not far off and Kate laughed as she said: "Can you tell me please, when he walks away."

The Duchess later joined a table where some children were learning the sign language for the Beaver pledge "I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful and to love my world".

She copied a little boy next to her and clasped her hands to her chest as he worked his way through the words.

Double world Paratriathlon champion Steve Judge, whose legs were badly crushed in 2002, chatted to the children.

Kate's visit was in support of the Scout Association's new landmark campaign, Better Prepared.

Better Prepared will see The Scout Association working with local communities to open new Scout groups in 200 areas around the country where Scouting can have the biggest impact. The aim is to ensure that even more children have the chance to experience fun and adventure through Scouting, while developing skills that will help change their lives.

Before leaving Kate presented disability badges to the children.

Mr Lopez-Plandolit, originally from Spain but a UK resident for the past five years, has been volunteering with the Scout Association for just over a year and looked at ease with the Duchess throughout the visit.

After she left he said: "It was really good, it was amazing, she's naturally gifted with children - I think she had a great time.

"I think the kids were really spontaneous, as kids are, and they helped her be part of the evening."

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