Princess Anne celebrates her 72nd Birthday, Lady Louise Windsor’s summer holiday job, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attend a Scouting Jamboree, another royal engagement and the life of former queen-consort Philippa of Hainault.
Jamboree22 in Sweden
King Carl XVI Gustaff and Queen Silvia visit Jamboree22 in Norra Åsum to meet with scouts.
Here is his speech translated from Swedish to English:
What a fantastic finish we have been a part of!
The Queen and I have had a lovely day here at Jamboree22.
For several of you, this is the first jamboree camp you’ve been to and maybe it’s also the first time you’ve tried scouting?
In any case, I hope that these days have given you more flavour.
I myself was at my first scout camp at the age of ten. And I remember it fondly. It was fun meeting new friends, doing different missions together, and experiencing adventure and community.
As a scout, you get to train early on to lead – both yourself and others. You might not think about it when you are responsible for pitching a tent, preparing breakfast or organizing an activity for your younger peers. But all this prepares you for different challenges in the future.
So being a scout – I can promise – it’s something you really enjoy. Not just at a camp like this but throughout your life.
The Scout movement has existed for over 100 years – a world movement with 60 million members. What makes something last over time?
The Scouts stand for good values. We who are scouts know what it means to protect nature. We can do this by showing each other consideration and respect. And we understand how important it is to include, to let everyone participate.
During the day, the Queen and I have met several of you, scouts from all over Sweden, even scouts from three continents. Among other things, we had a great opportunity to meet and talk with scouts from Lilla Edet and scouts from Ukraine.
When we meet and talk to each other, we understand each other, and perhaps the world, a little better.
Everything that is done in the Scouts is based on voluntary efforts. There are many of you who give up your free time – to all of you I want to say a special thank you! Thanks to all the officials who made the whole camp work and who planned for this for several years!
Thanks also to all your leaders who contribute to a safe, meaningful and exciting leisure time for children and young people.
I hope that when each of you leaves Jamboree22, you go home with joyful memories and a sense that ANYTHING is possible. But before that, I suggest that we all help to pay tribute to the scouting movement that we are all part of.
And of course, we do that with… The Rocket!
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Philippa of Hainault
England’s beloved Queen Philippa of Hainault died on 15 August 1369 – the consort of King Edward III.