Queen's Scouts attend a service of thanksgiving at Glasgow Cathedral.
Scottish Scouts were honoured with a series of royal invitations last week when they were invited to represent The Scout Association at three separate functions celebrating the Jubilee year and an important honour for the Earl of Stratheam.
On Tuesday the 3rd of July, four Scouts were invited to attend Her Majesty the Queen’s annual Garden Party where they were singled out of the crowd to meet the Duke of Edinburgh.
On Wednesday the 4th of July the Queen and Prince Philip visited Glasgow as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour. They attended an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving at Glasgow Cathedral which a group of Queen’s Scouts were also invited to represent Scouting in Scotland.
Finally, on Thursday the 5th of July, Scouts were also invited to attend the investiture of Prince William into The Order of the Thistle at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland) along with Princess Anne for the occasion.
Also in attendance was our honorary president, Sir Garth Morrison, a former Chief Scout, who is also both Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian and a Knight of the Order of the Thistle.
A group of Queen's and Explorer Scouts were invited by Pipefest to participate in the official procession for the occasion. Two Queen’s Scouts were honoured with being invited to attend the ceremony itself.
These occasions were even more exciting for our Scouts because Her Majesty the Queen is our Patron, and the Duchess of Cambridge (known as the Countess of Stratheam in Scotland), is currently an adult volunteer with local Scout groups in London and North Wales.
Pictures and Video
Pictures from the occasion are available on the Scouts Scotland Flickr, and a video of Scottish Scouts in the procession for the Order of the Thistle ceremony can be viewed on South East Scotland Region Scout Council website.