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Prince Louis gets his hands dirty as he attends first-ever royal engagement with family

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The Prince and Princess of Wales have marked the final day of the Coronation weekend by joining volunteers with their three children.

Prince Louis stole the show as he joined his family on his first-ever royal engagement. Under the watchful eye of his doting mother Kate and father Prince William, the five-year-old looked happy to get his hands dirty alongside volunteers and Scout members. The Prince and Princess of Wales stepped out in Slough, just a few minutes drive away from their Adelaide Cottage, with their three children on Monday morning, the last day of celebrations for King Charles’s Coronation.

With their family appearance, coming only hours after Kate, William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle, the Waleses marked the Big Help Out, an initiative held in tribute to King Charles’s decades of public service.

Embracing the spirit of the Big Help Out, the five royals joined volunteers in renovating the Third Upton Scouts Hut, which needed to get its path reset, a new soakaway dug and its front door sanded and varnished.

To create a lasting legacy of the Big Help Out’s work, the to-do list also included the creation of a mural and the addition of planters to its front.

And Prince Louis was more than happy to grab a shovel and move soil into a wheelbarrow. Wearing a pair of blue shorts and a polo shirt, the boy looked intently while he carried out his duty.

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Prince Louis joined his family on the Big Help Out (Image: RICHARD PALMER)

Prince Louis shovelling soil

Prince Louis looked poised while shovelling (Image: PA)

Prince Louis pushing a wheelbarrow

Prince Louis pushing a wheelbarrow (Image: PA)

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Prince Louis pushing a wheelbarrow

Prince Louis helped out under the watchful eye of his mum (Image: PA)

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Kate is the joint president of the Scouts (Image: Getty)

While he was surrounded by Scouts a few years older than him and an adult, his doting mum Kate was not too far away, keeping an eye on him.

The caring 41-year-old melted royal fans’ hearts as she was spotted helping her youngest son to get clean, using a wipe on his hands.

The five-year-old also joined activities organised by the Scouts while in Slough and was spotted having a go at archery.

Standing a few metres away from a target, the fourth-in-line to the throne shot his toy arrow a few times.

George, Charlotte, William and Kate also tried their luck with the bow and arrow.


Prince William and Prince Louis looked elated as they drove a digger together (Image: Getty)

Charlotte and George

Princess Charlotte and Prince George looked on as Louis had a go at the digger (Image: PA)

Prince George

Prince George is second-in-line to the throne (Image: PA)

After the future King had a go at it, Prince Louis made it clear he also wanted to sit on his father’s lap and drive the digger around.

The five-year-old was not the only one looking elated to be driving the vehicle, as Prince William was also caught on camera appearing rather enthusiastic behind the wheel.

Only two days after they looked the part at Westminster Abbey, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, also ran around to help.

Princess Charlotte planting shrubs

Princess Charlotte planting shrubs (Image: RICHARD PALMER)


The royals help reset a path (Image: Getty)


Princess Charlotte donned a pink jumper (Image: Getty)

Louis joined his sister in her painting endeavours – but he may have been too enthusiastic with his brush, as Charlotte later spotted paint in his hair.

She was heard shouting at him: “Louis, you have got paint in your hair! Look at me, Louis!”

Together, they also helped to reset a path, bringing soil in a wheelbarrow and patting it down with shovels.

The fun day came to a close after the Wales family got together with Scouts around a fire and toasted marshmallows.


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Prince George is nine (Image: Getty)

The Coronation Of Their Majesties King Charles III And Queen Camilla - The Big Help Out

Prince George leaving his handprint on the wall (Image: Getty)

The five royals were also asked to leave their handprints on the wall to remember their contribution to the hut.

The Hut visited by the Waleses today was built in 1982 and is an integral part of the community, as is used by several groups in the area including the local mosque, a senior citizens contact group and the Scout group themselves.

The building is also used by “Slough All Nations,” a group with a heritage spanning across St. Kitts & Nevis which provides recreation and leisure activities to improve health and wellbeing and promote community cohesion.

The decision by Kate and William to support the Scouts on this day dedicated to volunteering comes more than two years after the Princess became joint president of the organisation.


Prince George practicing archery (Image: Getty)

The Coronation Of Their Majesties King Charles III And Queen Camilla - The Big Help Out

Princess Charlotte helped repaint a door (Image: Getty)

The Coronation Of Their Majesties King Charles III And Queen Camilla - The Big Help Out

The royals roasting marshmallows (Image: Getty)

Kate and Louis' handprints

The royals left their handprints on the wall of the hub (Image: RICHARD PALMER)

Over the past few years, Kate has joined the Scouts multiple times, including in late September 2020, when she met Cub and Beaver Scouts in west London to hear which skills they had learnt so far.

Her association with this organisation is particularly fitting, as the royal has often been vocal about how beneficial it is for children and adults alike to spend time outdoors.

On the third day of the Coronation Bank Holiday weekend, people have been encouraged to try volunteering and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.

Much like the Coronation Big Lunch, the Big Help Out aims to bring communities and neighbours together.


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