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Blog | 07 May 2023

Scouts support the Coronation of HM The King


On Saturday 6 May, the nation came together to celebrate the Coronation of HM The King. We’re so proud that our volunteers were there to support the crowds and help them have a great day.

A group of Scouts smiling together

Scouts have a proud history of serving our communities and doing our duty. It’s central to our Scouts Promise.

Last year, Scouts volunteered to help the thousands of people who queued to pay their respects to HM Queen Elizabeth II at her Lying in State.

This weekend is seeing Scouts stepping up again. On Saturday 6 May, Scout volunteers, aged between 18 and 25, had the experience of a lifetime when they travelled to London to help the crowds during the Coronation of HM The King. They came from across the UK and the Commonwealth, ready to help in any way they can.

Taking part in historic events such as this is a big responsibility, and it’ll always be our priority to help other people in our communities when we’re needed.

Three Scouts wearing purple high visibility jackets with the Scouts Fleur de Lis on walking in the streets of London

At the heart of the occasion

Some Scouts headed to Westminster Abbey, where The King was officially being crowned. They were busy stewarding the VIP arrivals and supporting those invited to celebrate with The King. Others helped manage huge crowds around central London, such as by the big screens in St James Park, Hyde Park, Green Park and around Admiralty Arch.

When we got the invite it was totally out of the blue. I was told it was recognition for all the work that I've done over the years so I was absolutely blown away and really delighted to be chosen. We very much are a community-based organisation; we're delighted to be there, to be representing the Scouts.

Gillian McEvoy, from Northern Ireland, who attended the St Margaret's service with three Scouts

In addition, 50 Scouts were invited to the Coronation event itself at St. Margaret’s Church. These volunteers and young people were able to witness the historic moment take place and experience the once in a lifetime event, due to their service and willingness to support the nation.

They were some of the first people to see the newly crowned King leave Westminster Abbey. We’re sure it’s a moment they’ll always remember. 

A Scout wearing uniform stood on a bridge in London by the Houses of Parliament

At the heart of our communities

As well as playing our part in London, Scouts all across the UK are serving their communities and coming together to celebrate the Coronation weekend.

From hosting big lunches and Coronation picnics, to running Scout activities and fundraising, there are so many brilliant things happening to commemorate this momentous weekend.

Bear Grylls, our Chief Scout, says: ‘I’m immensely proud to see Scouts front and centre during the Coronation – one of the most significant events for our nation. Their dedication, commitment, and willingness to support other people is commendable and I’m incredibly proud of each person who was able to help! As well as showing up to support it was so wonderful to see the Scouts celebrating with people from across the globe and coming together to enjoy this iconic moment as one.’

Three Scouts smiling with The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
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