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A Service of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen

posted 30 Jul 2013, 05:25 by Google Google
On 22nd June I was very privileged to have been invited to a service in Gloucester Cathedral to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I was there representing Girlguiding Gloucestershire as Joint County Commissioner and we were accompanied by 2 Guides and 2 young Guiders from the County.

The magnificence of the Cathedral lent itself to the pomp and ceremony of the occasion which was attended by their Royal Highnesses, the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The cathedral choir and junior choir led the singing; prayers were said for Her Majesty and our County. The Earl of Wessex read from the Bible, and we also heard words from the Queens 21st birthday speech to the young people of the Empire in 1947, in which she dedicated her life to the service of her people. During the sermon we learnt a lot about the history of Lamprey Pies! (A 2 foot high Lamprey Pie in the shape of the Cathedral had been presented to the Royal couple to take back for the Queen prior to the service) The Taiko drummers from the Milestone school gave an awesome and very loud performance. The service ended with the National Anthem.

After the service our party, which also included the Scout County Commissioner and 3 Queens Scouts, was ushered through the Cloisters into the Garth by a Deputy Lieutenant where we were lucky enough to be introduced to both the Earl and the Countess. The Countess is President of Girlguiding UK, so it was very special for all of us to be able to meet her and chat about Guiding.  I presented her with a badge depicting our County Standard, which will be celebrating its 60th birthday next year.

It was a really memorable afternoon for us all, and I felt very lucky to have been able to part of it.

C. Pennington