Leicestershire Scouts were part of the first stop for the Diamond Jubilee tour to celebrate the Queens 60 years on the throne.
On the visit to Leicester apart from meeting Scouts and Guides, the Royal trio of the Queen, the Duke Of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cambridge met representatives of faith groups, charities and local community projects and attended a multi-faith service at the cathedral.
During the day the Duchess made time to speak to a number of Scouts from across Leicestershire, following a request from Buckingham Palace for local Scouts to attend. The Scouts lined the entrance way to the Cathedral armed with flags and flowers.
Ibstock Scout Band also had the privilege of playing for the Royal Party as they made their way from the Cathedral to St Martin’s House. A fitting tribute for the band who are also celebrating 60 years. William [Cub Scout & Band Member] said it was exciting to be playing for the Queen.
Poppy [Beaver Scout] said ‘It was really cool speaking to a real princess!’ whilst Jo [Cub Scout] was nervous about giving his flowers to the Queen because “She’s been reigning over us for 60years and needs a little thanks”.
Thomas a Scout from the Melton Mowbray Scout Group, presented the Duchess with a necker commemorating the group’s 90th anniversary. Also Jack [Cub Scout] from Evington was selected to be a guest at the formal lunch, also presented the Duchess with a group necker and a set of badges.
When asked about meeting the Duchess Chloe [Explorer Scout] said “ I thought it was brilliant. How many times do you get to meet someone like that?” Eden [Explorer Scout] “She asked if we were cold and then asked us about the uniform, she was so lovely I just wanted to give her a hug”
Huge congratulations to all those Scouts and Leaders who represented their Groups, Districts and the County. You are a credit to all.
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Written by Adrian Wray, Sarah Paget and James Hage