Guard of Honour for Duke of Kent's Visit

On Tuesday 15th September, the Duke of Kent made a private visit to Osborne House.  He is the great-great grandson of Queen Victoria who was the first resident at Osborne and he wished to learn more about his distant relation.  As he is President of the Scout Association, arrangements were made to provide a Guard of Honour of Island Scouts for his arrival.  Being the middle of the day and during term time, it took a little juggling to obtain young people but 20 representatives from all 5 sections of Beavers to Network and Leaders formed up at midday at the main entrance to the house under the direction of the County Commissioner, Anthony Roberts.  The Duke stopped and spoke to every person and was very impressed with his reception.

During his planned 2 hour visit, the Scouts that didn't have to return to school joined the hundreds of visitors walking around the grounds as the main house was closed until after the Duke's departure.  When the Duke decided to leave earlier than planned there was a minor panic to get everyone back into position.  Because there were several heavy showers, the Scouts formed up in the shelter of the porch as the visitor boarded his car for the short drive to his helicopter.

The Scouts that attended are to be congratulated.  They all looked exceptionally smart in their uniforms and were a credit to all.


Photos supplied by Lesley Roe