The World Organization of the Scout Movement expresses its deepest sympathy at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a dedicated supporter of Scouting and youth education.
Her Majesty, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, Scotland at the age of 96. On ascending to the throne in 1952, she became Patron of The Scout Association and gave her name to its highest training award - The Queen's Scout Award.
Throughout her life, Her Majesty was an inspiration to young people around the world. Scouts and National Scout Organizations united in recognising the extraordinary contributions of Her Majesty, who embodied the spirit of Scouting and was a role model for the values of voluntary service, kindness, and courage.
Her passion and devotion to the Scout Movement was evident through public appearances at Scouting events and Gilwell Park, describing Scouting as “a global force for good. In [the UK] and around the world, Scouts are helping others and making the most of their lives.”
Over the years Her Majesty also served as the Patron to Scout Association of Australia and had a lifelong connection with Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, having first joined Guides in 1937 with her sister, Princess Margaret, and later serving as the Patron of Girlguiding UK.
Tributes from across the Scout Movement
Tributes from National Scout Organizations in the UK, Australia, Canadaand elsewhere poured in from across the Movement, recognising Her Majesty’s long-standing connection to Scouting and thanking her for a lifetime of service.
Chief Ambassador of World Scouting, and UK Chief Scout, Bear Grylls OBE also shared a heartfelt tribute to Her Majesty.
We’re deeply saddened by the death of Our Patron, HM The Queen. A dedicated supporter of Scouts, Her Majesty has been a peerless role model for our young people.
Today, as a worldwide family of @scouts, and as Chief Scout, we are devastated, and we are united in sorrow for the loss of our Patron, HM The Queen. Forever, we will remember her kindness, her service, and the unwavering support she showed our global movement over many decades. pic.twitter.com/xXBB0dtFuj