William and Kate brave the cold to attend opening of outdoor centre

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have braved the bitter cold to attend the opening of an outdoor centre in Scotland.

On Friday, the couple joined the Prince of Wales at Dumfries House in Ayrshire where Charles has led a regeneration project since 2007.

Hundreds of locals and 600 members of youth groups including the Girl Guides and Scouts turned out for the official opening of the Tamar Manoukin Outdoor Centre.

As Charles prepared to address the crowd, William rubbed his cold hands and told his father to "make it brief".

Kate, dressed in a red Armani coat and yellow tartan scarf, smiled as she was handed a "Princess Catherine" doll by one young well-wisher.

Among the groups at the event were the Boys' and Girls' Brigade and the Sea, Army and Air Cadets. The Prince, known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, created the umbrella organisation Youth United in 2009 to promote the young people's associations.

Youth United chief executive Rod Jarman said it aimed to make at least one of the groups available to every young person in the UK, with a particular focus on deprived areas.

Northern Scotland's most senior sea cadet, Hannah Strachan from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, met Charles and William who asked the 17-year-old about her time with the cadets.

She said: "They were really friendly. I think it's great they came today, it shows that they know we are here."

Stephen Kay, head of education and training at Dumfries House, said the assault course was designed to test critical thinking, problem solving, and to encourage people to work as a team. The estate already boasts an art studio and a hospitality training centre.

Mr Kay said: "It's all part of the Prince's vision of getting people out and into activities.

"To have him and the Duke and Duchess here today has been great. The young people have got the chance to see there's a lot of interest in what we're doing here."

The visit ended with a flypast by two Typhoons of 6 squadron RAF Leuchars - the base near St Andrews where Kate and William met as university students.

The new centre will house accommodation and host activities for up to 52 young people and six adults with weekends dedicated to uniformed youth services and access will also be available for Scottish school children.

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