5 London Counties involved with YOU (Youth Organisations Uniformed) were invited to take part in the 'Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance for those who Volunteered to Serve in the First World War' at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Armed Forces day last Saturday, and what a day it was!
We arrived in glorious warm sunshine to set up our stand at 08.00 but by 10.30, as members of the Royal Family started to arrive, the heavens opened! Seemingly the armed forces are undaunted by rain and their heavy wool coats are probably better suited to inclement weather than hot sunshine, but I quickly whipped out my Girlguiding umbrella, which was spotted in the media cover as I escorted the Earl of Wessex through the lined guard of the youth organisations, and attempted to keep the worst of the rain off. 66 girls and volunteers revelled in the opportunity to showcase how the Girl Guides helped the war effort with contrasting activities of modern day guiding and were rewarded by royal waves as The Queen and her party passed by. My very grateful thanks to all those who supported the event.
I was extremely honoured to be invited to escort HRH Prince Edward on behalf of Girlguiding LaSER and delighted to be presented to The Queen; we talked about the bully beef stew that the Guides were to be given for lunch, Her Majesty didn't relish the idea herself!
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