Royal pride

EDP Norfolk - - Readers’ News - Free­dom Scott G R Tans­ley Brookville

Con­grat­u­la­tions are in or­der for Her Majesty be­com­ing the longest serv­ing Bri­tish Monarch. It is quite an achieve­ment!

The Queen is the Pa­tron of Scout­ing and I re­cently talked to Her Majesty about a cer­e­mony of 2,000 scouts and Sec­ond World War vet­er­ans I at­tended for the new Peace Bell to mark the 70th An­niver­sary of the Sec­ond World War at Bayeaux Cathe­dral, Nor­mandy, France. En­graved on the bell are nine god par­ents from the nine na­tions that par­tic­i­pated in the D-Day land­ing and the Bat­tle of Nor­mandy: UK, USA, Canada, Nether­lands, Bel­gium, Poland, Nor­way, Ger­many, and France. The Queen was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the UK be­cause she served in the Women’s Aux­il­iary Ter­ri­to­rial Ser­vice. One scout from each of the nine coun­tries rang the bell fol­low­ing its un­veil­ing. I was thrilled to be cho­sen to rep­re­sent the UK and was the first one to ring the bell and I gave two speeches. The en­tire ser­vice was a mov­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

I en­joyed giv­ing the Queen pho­to­graphs of the ser­vice and dis­cussing the event with her re­cently. The Queen was 13 years old when the Sec­ond World War broke out on 3 Septem­ber, 1939 and she was stay­ing at Bal­moral Cas­tle Scot­land at the time. It was an hon­our to be 13 years old and at Bal­moral a few weeks ago to present the Queen with pho­tos of the new Peace Bell hon­our­ing Her Majesty and the UK’s ef­forts in the war. She was very in­ter­ested in hear­ing about the event and asked ques­tions.

I had last spo­ken to the Queen in Fe­bru­ary and when she walked up to me a cou­ple weeks ago she said, “Oh, you have grown, haven’t you!” She prob­a­bly also no­ticed my hair has grown too as I’m grow­ing it for the Lit­tle Princess Trust to do­nate it to a child with can­cer. Maybe peo­ple can do­nate to their favourite char­ity to mark the Queen’s long reign. The Queen is a bril­liant per­son and she has an in­fec­tious smile. She makes me proud to be Bri­tish and proud to be a scout.

Free­dom Scott Tans­ley, writer of this month’s Star Let­ter, meet­ing the Queen

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