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A day of celebration and achievement

The next National Scout Service and Parade will take place on 24 April 2016.

The event dates back nearly 80 years and recognises the outstanding achievements of both adults and young people through a parade and service held annually within Windsor Castle by gift of Her Majesty the Queen.

This year's celebration brought together various groups and their invited guests to share in this prestigious and special event. We had the pleasure of recognising Queen's Scouts, who have worked hard to achieve the highest youth award within Scouting, and Gallantry award holders, who have been nominated for their bravery and heroism. It also celebrated adult award holders, who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to Scouting as a volunteer.

The Parade

In the morning, Queen's Scouts form up in Victoria Barracks for a rehearsal, while adult award holders take part in a Mattins service in St George's Chapel.

Around midday, the Quadrangle (a private area, which is a privilege for us to use) fills with approximately 2,000 award holders and guests. Here they take part in and view the National Scout Parade and review. The Queen's Scouts then parade into the Quadrangle and the review takes place before the parade moves down to St George's Chapel for the National Scout Service.

Additional guests join at the Lower Ward to watch the Parade and take part in the service as it is relayed over the PA system to the crowds outside. Finally, the Parade moves out of the castle and back to the Royal Mews.

Photos of the 2015 event can be viewed online.


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