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News | 14 June 2024

HM King Charles III becomes our Patron


HM King Charles III has been confirmed as our new Patron, a great honour for UK Scouts.

King Charles III greets a line of smiling Scouts wearing beige shirts and neckers.

Continuing a long tradition

His Majesty King Charles II takes on the role with immediate effect, continuing a long tradition of the monarch giving their Patronage. This dates back to 1912, when Scouts was granted its Royal Charter and HM George V became our first Patron.
Before the King, the post was previously held by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the duration of her 70-year reign.

A champion for young people

Patronages typically reflect the interests of the member of the Royal Family involved. Over many years, HM King Charles III has consistently championed young people across a range of causes, including both the Scouts and The Prince’s Trust.

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Bear Grylls OBE, Chief Scout, says: ‘We’re honoured that His Majesty The King is Patron of Scouts. He continues a great tradition of the monarch championing our Scouts and volunteers since our first Patron, King George V in 1912.
‘HM The King’s example of service is an inspiration to us all, and we’re especially grateful for The King’s endorsement of the highest achievement for young people in Scouts: the King’s Scout Award. We promise to continue to do our best to help other people, to make our communities closer, kinder and stronger. As Chief Scout, and on behalf of the whole Scout movement, I thank His Majesty for his unwavering support.’ 

Ayesha Karim, UK Youth Lead, says: ‘As a Scout, I’m so proud that The King’s our Patron. He’s lived his whole life giving service to others, and this is what we do in Scouts too. I know he’ll continue to be such a good friend to Scouts, and it’s so encouraging to have him at our side.’

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