By Regina Motalib
The Queen is set to receive a bunch of heartfelt thank you letters from a scout group in Dulwich, as she reaches her historic milestone of 70 years of serving the nation.
As part of their Platinum Jubilee activities, the youngsters from the 7th Camberwell Scouts group based at The Fort in Dulwich decided to mark Thank You Day, which falls on June 5, by saying thanks to the patron of the scouts – Her Majesty the Queen!
The letters, which are on their way to Buckingham Palace, are full of words of appreciation for the 96-year-old monarch.
Thank You Day was started by just 13 individuals and is now a national event supported by hundreds of organisations.
Last year two million people commemorated the day with friends, family and neighbours – celebrating with picnics and street parties.
This year’s celebrations are expected to be even bigger as Thank You Day falls on the last day of the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Scout Tess Chambers, 10, described the Queen as “a great royal patron”. She added: “I wanted to thank the Queen because she isn’t just the patron of Scouts but because she works very hard to look after our country.”
Fellow Scout Oliver Reiss-Subiela, 11, also expressed his appreciation for the royal patron.
He said: “What I love most about the Queen is she is our symbol, the country’s symbol and she is a good role model.
“It is important to say thank you so people understand your gratitude and feel that you really do care about what they do.”
Another Scout, Akihiro Alexis, 12, who is also a fan of the Queen, described Scouts as “a great way to meet new friends, do fun activities and earn badges.’
Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne at the age of 25 on June 2, 1953 when her father, King George VI, died.
She is the longest-serving monarch in British history. She became a girl Scout – known as a Girl Guide – at the age of 11.
Her Majesty The Queen said of Scouting: “Scouting is a global force for good. In this country and around the world, Scouts are helping others and making the most of their lives.”
Pictured top: Scout Oliver Reiss-Subiela with his thank you letter to the queen (Picture: Regina Motalib)
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