Queen Grylls star for look­ing hairier than av­er­age Bear

OBE: Ad­ven­turer sports mous­tache at palace

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY HELEN WIL­LIAM

Ad­ven­turer Bear Grylls said it was “so cool” to get his OBE from the Queen but she al­most did not recog­nise him be­cause of his new mous­tache.

The ad­ven­turer and TV star, who is also chief scout, re­ceived his award for ser­vices to young peo­ple, the media and char­ity.

Af­ter col­lect­ing his hon­our at Buck­ing­ham Palace, he said: “It is such a priv­i­lege of a day and also such an hon­our to have the Queen do­ing it (the medal pre­sen­ta­tion).

“I was se­cretly hop­ing and think­ing it would be so cool if the Queen did it.

“She is 93 and stood on her feet for hours on end, smil­ing and chat­ting away.

“I walked up and she said: ‘Bear, I hardly recog­nise you with that mous­tache’.

“I said it was a hang­over from the jun­gle.’

“She was so sweet and was ask­ing me about scout­ing stuff.”

The 45-year-old, whose real name is Ed­ward, was ap­pointed the youngest chief scout, at the age of 35.

His suc­cess­ful TV shows in­clude Man vs. Wild with Bear’s Wild Week­ends, in which he took stars such as Stephen Fry and Mi­randa Hart on sur­vival ad­ven­tures, Es­cape From Hell, in which he re­lived the ex­pe­ri­ences of peo­ple who de­fied the odds to sur­vive in un­likely sce­nar­ios, and Run­ning Wild, in which he took celebri­ties on ad­ven­tures in the wilder­ness.

Even for some­one who is used to test­ing his sur­vival skills, get­ting his award in the lux­ury of a palace was nerve-rack­ing stuff.

He said: “I was def­i­nitely ner­vous be­fore this but the Queen is al­ways so en­cour­ag­ing, we sur­vived.”

Say­ing he shares the OBE with scout vol­un­teers, he added: “I just feel I stand on the shoul­ders of gi­ants on this one.

“The scout or­gan­i­sa­tion changes young lives. “This award is for them.” He said he sees the im­pact fac­ing chal­lenges and test­ing your sur­vival skills can have on any­one.

He added: “I have learned that the wild tests peo­ple.

“It re­veals char­ac­ter and spirit and it is hum­bling to see.

“It cre­ates great bonds with peo­ple and great friend­ships.”

PROUD MO­MENT: Bear Grylls and wife Shara with his OBE at Buck­ing­ham Palace

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