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Kate Middleton's Day in the Great Outdoors

Andy Stenning WPA - Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The world does not yet know whether the unborn child of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William will be a girl or a boy, but on Friday at least, the duchess appeared as though she is ready for a boy.

Middleton, 31, traded her usual high-fashion look to get down and dirty with the U.K.'s Cub Scouts, spending a day with them in the great outdoors.

Middleton, dressed in an Army-style green jacket, jeans and her favored Le Chameau boots, braved the cold and blistery English weather to visit the Great Tower Scout Camp near Newby Bridge in Cumbria.

The duchess, five months pregnant with her and William's first child, stayed warm by huddling near a campfire and roasting pastries along with other volunteers, according to the U.K.'s Mirror.

The paper reports that Middleton has privately volunteered with the Scouts near the couple's home in Anglesey, Wales, where William is based as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, but Friday's outing marked a new step in her support, meant to encourage others to volunteer too.

Middleton was seen laughing with her fellow volunteers over the state of their respective pastries, known as "twists," and even got into the action herself, rolling the dough with her sapphire wedding ring on and all.

"Oh, it's actually not bad, if you were desperately hungry," she said after a taste test, the Mirror reports. "It's quite sugary."

Middleton appeared with the queen and Prince Philip earlier this week at a London Tube station where she received a "Baby on Board" badge from London Underground chief operating officer Howard Collins.

In Friday's visit, Middleton got another decorative fashion keepsake, this time a red, white and blue Scouts scarf that she proudly wore around her neck tied in a "friendship knot" during the visit.

"She was passionate about doing this course today," Scouts' assistant director Simon Carter said of the duchess, according to People magazine. "Other scout leaders who have spoken to her say she loves asking questions. … She wants to get as much information as possible to take back with her."

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Kate Middleton Takes on Charity Work: Embracing Princess Diana‚Äôs Legacy

Niall Carson /WPA Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kate Middleton was out and about this weekend supporting various causes and charities around London — a royal role that is becoming part of her daily routine.

Sunday, the Duchess of Cambridge was supporting a children’s charity by participating in camping activities.

On Friday night, she attended a charity theater night for 150 kids from one of her personal charities, The Art Room.

There’s still the traditional pomp and circumstance of this Jubilee year to be dealt with, including events like Saturday’s Trooping the Colour, where Kate, her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry were all on show.

But it’s the charity work of the young royals that’s beginning to catch the eye.

All three show an awareness of those less fortunate than themselves, which is relevant in these difficult economic times, and something the two princes seem to have inherited from their mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

“She very much wanted to take us away from the royal aspects of life … and get us to see the rawness of life,” Prince William said in an earlier interview. “One of the biggest lessons I learned is just how lucky and privileged so many of us are, particularly myself in the conditions that I live and the lifestyle I lead.”

Both princes have been keen to display their sense of duty with their military careers. And with Prince Harry’s high profile work with kids in Africa, and William’s involvement with the homeless, the echoes of Diana’s legacy are easy to see.

Now Kate is the latest recruit to this generation of royalty embracing charity work.

“I would say that William, Kate and Harry together are like the three musketeers. They’re invincible,” British royals expert Victoria Arbiter said.

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Miss Wales Sophie Moulds Is Kate Middleton Lookalike

(NEW  YORK) -- Sophie Moulds was crowned the new Miss Wales for her poise, brains and looks, and those looks are strikingly similar to those of Britain’s Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Moulds, 19, is a first-year student majoring in business at Cardiff University. Like Middleton, Moulds is 5-foot-10 and slender, with long dark hair and a bright smile.

Moulds is apparently delighted at the comparisons to the popular Middleton, 30, who married Britain’s Prince William in a ceremony that was watched by millions of people around the world last April.

“It’s a great honor. I was a bit shocked when people started saying I look like Kate,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. “But I’m a huge fan of her. She is such a natural beauty and very stylish. I take it as a great compliment.”

Moulds will represent Wales at the Miss World competition in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, in August.

The Ferndale resident was crowned April 14 in Cardiff. She was among 47 competitors.

“I am so pleased to win and I’m really looking forward to going to Miss World,” Moulds said in a statement posted on the Miss Wales website. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my friends, family and sponsor. I hope that through my year I can inspire other young girls in the valleys to aim high and chase their dreams.”

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London Fashion Week and the "Duchess Effect" 

WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- As British designers unveil their latest creations during London Fashion Week, there’s no denying the Duchess Effect – as in the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton.

Designers say the newest royal has the power to boost retail sales fivefold simply by wearing one of their frocks.

Top British designer Alice Temperley told the BBC that Middleton is “breathing new life” into royal clothing and “looks fantastic.”

“She’s supporting British fashion by wearing British fashion, which is brilliant,” said Temperley, who, along with other big-name designers, such as Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and McQueen, are all showing collections at the 2012 event.

Jane Shepherdson, the head of U.K. fashion retailer Whistles, once underestimated the Duchess Effect after Middleton selected one of its ivory blouses for her engagement photo to Prince William.

“I don’t think Kate’s made a difference to sales, maybe a few hundred pounds. A pretty dress is a pretty dress; it’s going to sell, regardless,” Shepherdson said at the time.

Shepherdson was singing a decidedly different tune at London Fashion Week a couple of days ago.

“We’re about to start our international expansion,” she told the London Telegraph. “We’ve had so much publicity with the duchess wearing Whistles. We’ve got to do it now rather than wait too long. We’ve just opened in Russia and we’re expanding to the U.S. and Southeast Asia.”

Reiss saw a similar impact on its sales last year when Middleton stepped out in one of its $340 camel-colored dresses to greet President Obama and the first lady last May. Traffic on the Reiss website rose by 200 percent, Reiss said, and the dress quickly sold out.

The family-owned, British retailer’s operating profits rose from around $6.6 million to $13.2 million, according to filings at Companies House in the U.K.

The Duchess of Cambridge is not only setting trends, she’s following them too. Crowned Hat Person of the Year 2011, Middleton has commissioned outrageous milliner Piers Atkinson to make her hat for the launch of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour. Atkinson has designed head-topping creations for pop divas Lady Gaga and Rihanna

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