May 29 - The royal couple are greeted by young scouts and cadets during their visit to the Scottish town of Crieff. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were greeted by crowds of people on their visit to the Scottish town of Crieff on Thursday (May 29). Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, also known as Kate, shook hands and spoke to local residents and VIPs gathered outside the Strathearn Community Campus in the first official function in the UK since returning from a tour of New Zealand. William then made his way to the campus field where young cadets and officers had assembled, chatting to members of the air ambulance crew, who showed him the workings of one of their helicopters. Many took photographs of Kate as she met a group of young schoolgirls, hanging on to a small teddy bear which a student had earlier presented her with. The royal couple drew loud cheers from the schoolchildren watching the event, with many waving Union Jack and Scottish flags. William spent time talking to young cadets, while Kate was given a pancake-making demonstration by scouts at a food stall. This visit comes amid an increasingly bitter debate over Scottish independence, ahead of a referendum on the issue due in September. Earlier this month the Queen sent a message to the Church of Scotland, recognizing the role it can play in helping to heal the divisions. Elizabeth, 88, who celebrated 60 years on the throne in 2012, has not publicly entered the political debate on whether Scotland should end its 307-year-old union with England and leave the United Kingdom. If a majority of Scots vote in favor of independence in September, Scottish leader Alex Salmond has said he still wants to keep the Queen as head of state. Polling shows most voters are still against independence but the gap between the two camps is gradually shrinking and the temperature of debate rising.