The Big Help Out is currently underway, capping off a joyous weekend for the country that began with Saturday’s historic ceremony in Westminster Abbey and was followed by Sunday’s star-studded coronation concert.
On the additional bank holiday, the public has been urged to sign up for hundreds of thousands of volunteer opportunities with more than 1,500 charities.
While the King and Queen won’t be making an appearance in front of the public today, other royal family members have. The Prince and Princess of Wales have been helping out at a Slough-area scout hut with their kids. Prince Louis, her expressive youngest child, has a special nickname, which Princess Catherine has just revealed.
Louis, Charlotte, and George make an unexpected appearance!
As part of the Big Help Out, the Prince and Princess of Wales made a much-anticipated public appearance together on Monday by volunteering at a local scout hut in Slough.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and young Prince Louis served as their very special helpers.
The family braved the bad weather to make one last public appearance as a unit during the coronation festivities.
In order to leave a lasting legacy of the Big Help Out’s work, they worked alongside enthusiastic volunteers to renovate the 3rd Upton Scouts Hut in Slough. Work included resetting a path, digging a new soakaway, sanding and revarnishing the front door, adding planters to the building’s front, and adding a mural.
Little Louis had a big day because it was his first official royal engagement. He assisted Charlotte with painting a planter as one of his first jobs. It was clear that the two youngest kids were getting white masonry paint in their hair and on their bare legs as they knelt down and grabbed brushes dripping with it.
‘You might want to be a painter when you grow up?’ a fellow volunteer questioned Louis. “No, a fighter pilot,” he answered. The woman retorted, “Just like your father and grandfather!”
When the five-year-old saw his older brother, Prince George, who is nine, operating a digger, he told his mother, “I want to go in with him!” The young prince even got to operate a digger with his father, the Prince of Wales.
The young prince sat on his father’s knee and dug a massive hole in the ground, clearly in awe.
Louis’s mother Catherine proudly observed as he filled a wheelbarrow with builder’s sand on his own initiative. She suggested, “A little bit more,” and then inquired, “Do you want a hand, are you sure you can manage?” Louis didn’t even respond because he was so preoccupied.
His sister and brother were equally active in the day’s events. Princess Charlotte assisted in staining a fence while wearing pink and denim shorts.
Even the future king George was spotted using a drill while being observed by a scout leader. The nine-year-old was the picture of concentration as he carefully placed a screw into a hole and drilled it in. He was wearing chinos, trainers, and a puffer coat.
Toasting marshmallows over a campfire was the three young royals’ reward for all of their hard work. Louis was adamant about how he wanted his sweet treat prepared, repeating loudly two times, “I like mine just like this.”
And as they were huddled around the fire, Catherine revealed her affectionate moniker for Louis: “Lou-Bugs.”
The entire family also tried their hand at archery, and Princess Charlotte easily defeated both of her two brothers with a score of 10, or a bullseye!
Louis demonstrated that he has inherited his parents’ competitiveness by hitting the target with a bow that was as big as he was. He enjoyed it so much that he continued to run back to get his arrows and keep shooting, multiple times hitting the target. Louis, I know you can do it,” Catherine urged.
Simon Carter, the head of the scouts, later revealed for the media that the family had driven themselves to Slough, adding, “Generally, they had a really, really relaxed time, which was probably what was needed after the last few days.”
He added, when asked how Louis had behaved during his first engagement, “He was really excited. At the conclusion, they were each given a Big Help Out badge, and as a result, each received a Scouts scarf.
The local mosque, a senior citizens contact group for members of the Asian community, the Scout group, and other community organizations all use the 3rd Upton Scouts Hut, which was built in 1982.
The facility is also used by “Slough All Nations,” a group with roots in St. Kitts and Nevis that organizes recreational and leisure activities to enhance health and wellbeing and foster a sense of community. Since 2020, the Princess of Wales has served as the Scouts’ joint president.