2016 marks the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest reigning monarch. To thank her for her years of service, The Scout Association recently took park in the Queen's official Patron's Lunch and Parade and our very own Lizzie Blount was given the special opportunity to go – a huge honour considering only 100 scout leaders in the whole of the UK were invited!
The Patron's Lunch and Parade took place on Sunday 12th June and The Mall in St James' Park was transformed into the largest ever street party to celebrate the Queen's patronage of over 600 charities and organisations.
Lizzie has been a member of The Scout Association since the age of 11 and is now a leader (or Akela as it is known in the scouting world) to the children of the Horsham Network Group. After seeing that The Scouts Association were calling out for 100 leaders to take part in the parade, Lizzie was put forward and out of the thousands of leaders thought to have entered she was lucky enough to be chosen!
Commenting on her amazing experience, Lizzie said:
"On Sunday 12th June, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent The Scout Association in the Queen's 90th Birthday Patron's Lunch Parade. Not only was it amazing to be part of such a grand event but it was lovely to meet so many other Scouts and patron charities from across the UK.
"The highlight of the day was getting to stand in front of her Majesty in the Royal box and watch the Royal Academy of Dance and Darcey Bussell perform the finale. I encourage anyone in scouting who gets an opportunity like this in the future to grab it with both hands!"