On Her Majesty’s (Secret) Service: Scout leader reveals Kate dressed up as Bond secretary Moneypenny for theme party during time volunteering
- William and Kate lived on Anglesey from 2010 to 2013 when he worked for RAF
- Duchess spent her time volunteering for the 1st Menai Bridge Scout Group
- On beach clean up and reunion today Scout worker revealed she did fancy dress
The Duchess of Cambridge dressed up as Miss Moneypenny at a Bond-themed party while she and her husband lived on Anglesey, it was revealed yesterday.
Kate, 37, and William, 36, spent three years on the Welsh island from 2010 to 2013 while he worked as an RAF search and rescue pilot.
The Duchess spent her time volunteering and was reunited with old friends at the 1st Menai Bridge Scout Group during a visit yesterday.
The group leader let slip she made an ‘attractive’ Moneypenny when she dressed up as 007’s secretary for a Bond-themed party the Scouts organised.
The Duchess of Cambridge (left) dressed up as Miss Moneypenny (played by Lois Maxwell, right) at a Bond-themed party while she and her husband lived on Anglesey, it was revealed when she re-visited the island yesterday
Scout leader Macolm Rodgers said: ‘It was a reunion of friends today. It was so lovely to see the Duchess again.
‘She really got stuck in with us and the children and, when we had a James Bond-themed party, she made a very attractive Miss Moneypenny.
‘She told us today how much she enjoyed volunteering with us.’
The character, later given the first names Eve or Jane, was first portrayed by Lois Maxwell in 1962 and has since been played by Samantha Bond.
Prince William and Kate are pictured with members of the 1sr Menai Bridge Scout Group during a litter pick on Newborough Beach yesterday
Most recently the role was given to Oscar-nominated British actress Naomie Harris.
Sue Hesketh, the group’s Cub leader, said: ‘She said how nice it was to see us again, and how happy she was that we were still involved in scouting.
‘Prince William also said it was nice to meet us, as he’d heard a lot about us.
‘It was funny because, when she started helping out and got stuck in, some of the children got told off when they told their parents that the Duchess had become a helper – they thought they were fibbing.’
The royals met with various individuals in the region to learn more about their efforts to take care of their communities and protect the natural environment. They are pictured on Newborough Beach in Anglesey
During their time on the island the couple were often spotted out and about, with the White Eagle pub in Rhoscolyn and the Waitrose in Menai Bridge being two of their regular haunts.
Christopher Hughes, 16, remembered the Duchess helping with the Scout group when he was just nine years old.
Speaking about her work with the group in the past, he said: ‘We didn’t know who she was at first, but we were told she was important. It was very exciting at the time, but really she was very normal with us.’
The Duke and Duchess also joined a litter pick on Newborough Beach in Angelsey with children from Ysgol Santes Dwynwen, which opened just a week ago.
They previously mentioned they cannot ‘wait’ to meet the newest addition to the royal family after Meghan and Harry’s newborn son Archie was introduced to the world yesterday.
Teacher Manon Williams said: ‘The Duke and Duchess were really lovely with the children.
As Prince William held out a red bin bag ready to fill with waste, Kate used a picker to scoop together a mound of waste which had washed up on the shores of Newborough beach
‘They asked them a lot of questions about the environment. You can tell they really care.
‘Prince William said he loved Llanddwyn and praised the children for helping to keep it clean.’
As well as visiting Llanddwyn on Wednesday, they also went to the Caernarfon Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Base, where they viewed the Sikorsky S92 helicopters and met members of the team, many of whom previously worked alongside the Duke at RAF Valley.
The Duke and Duchess also joined a discussion with crew members about the mental health challenges that result from working as first responders, and met staff from the Wales Air Ambulance, which operates next door to the base.
From Caernarfon, their Royal Highnesses traveled to Anglesey to visit Halen Môn Anglesey Sea Salt.
Later on in the afternoon the couple arrived at Halen Môn Anglesey Sea Salt, a thriving local business that which won the Queen’s Award for Sustainability in 2017