Hot off the press that Kate Middleton’s schoolgirl crush was probably the same as yours, we just found out that she, too, spent many a weekend pitching tents and basket-weaving (or whatever it is the U.K. equivalent of the Girl Scouts do).
That’s per royal expert and biographer Katie Nicholl, who reveals in her book Kate: The Future Queen, that the duchess and her younger sister, Pippa, were in their school’s first-ever Brownie troop as kids. Spoiler: She probably had more badges than you.
“In their uniform of brown culottes and yellow sashes, the girls made their Brownie Guide Promise to be good and help others. With three fingers raised and a toadstool in her left hand, a demure, eight-year-old Kate pledged, ‘I promise that I will do my best to love my God, to serve my Queen and my country, to help other people and to keep the Brownie Guide Law.’ Once she became a fully fledged member of the troop, she was determined to collect as many badges as she could. Kate had no problem getting her housekeeping badges; she knew how to brew a pot of tea and boil an egg.”
Former troop leader June Scutter also revealed that Kate earned badges for toy making and performing. But the sweetest memory came from a member of Kate Middleton’s troop, Isobel Eeley who suffers from cerebral palsy.
According to Eeley, Kate’s compassionate side was visible even as an 8-year-old. “She helped me if I ever got stuck doing things. I can only use on hand, so she would help me with anything that needed two hands,” Eeley told Nicholl.
Honestly, we’re not surprised. No word on the duchess’s opinion on Thin Mints, though.