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A Right Royal Adventure

5th Wakefield Guides attend HRH Prince Charles Birthday celebration

A group of eight Guides and two adult leaders from 5th Wakefield Guides, were given the amazing opportunity to travel to London to help at the 70th birthday celebrations of HRH The Prince of Wales on 22 May.

At the Buckingham Palace Garden Party, the 100+ volunteers from various youth organisations were co-ordinated by Youth United Foundation (YUF) and the volunteers were engaged in duties such as admittance card collection, manning the entrances to the tea tent, providing guest information, and assisting wheelchair users.

5th Wakefield Guides travelled down to London prior to the event, so that they could attend an evening event at The Science Museum, hosted by YUF for all the volunteers.  There, the girls had access to all the flight simulators and the Wonder Lab and there were challenges to complete which had been organised by YUF.  A team of five of the Guides were victorious in one of the challenges, and the girls each came away with a £10 voucher as a prize!

On the Tuesday morning all the volunteers assembled at Wellington Barracks for a briefing and allocation of duties, and then were escorted to the front gates of Buckingham Palace.

Mary Emeny, Division Commissioner for Wakefield South, and Leader of 5th Wakefield Guides said, “The most amazing moment was as we walked through the huge wooden gate at the side of the palace and into the gardens. The front of the palace was very noisy with heavy London traffic and hundreds of tourists but walking through the gate was like entering a Garden of Eden, totally calm and tranquil.”

The Guides, all aged between 12 and 14 will never forget this wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity.  Two of the Guides were approached by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and were able to chat with her.  One Guide had the terrific role of lining the steps to the palace as the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, HRH Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall made their entrance to the garden party.

All the volunteers were able to enjoy afternoon tea in the Diplomatic Tent, and all the volunteers lined the way for the Prince and Duchess to exit the party, giving them a last close up sight of the royal couple.

As well as the amazing opportunity to be involved at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, it was fantastic to work alongside volunteers from so many other Youth Organisations, and to hear a little of what they do in their regular meetings, and in their wider communities.

Girlguiding has a wonderful way of offering all sorts of amazing opportunities to our young members, but also to our volunteers, and this is one such opportunity which will be hard to beat.