The next National Scout Service and Parade will take place on 27 April 2014.
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.
This years event attracted a great deal of media coverage including ITV News, Sky News, BBC News and Hello magazine as we had the honour of the attendance of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Photos taken in the Barracks and Quadrangle are now available to view online.
In the morning, Queen's Scouts formed in Victoria Barracks for a rehearsal, while adult award holders took 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) filled with approximately 2,000 award holders and guests. Here they took part in and viewed the National Scout Parade and review. The Queen's Scouts then paraded into the Quadrangle and the review took place before the parade moved down to St George's Chapel for the National Scout Service.
Additional guests joined us in the Lower Ward to watch the Parade and take part in the service as it was relayed over the PA system to the crowds outside. Finally, the Parade moved out of the castle and back to the Royal Mews.