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Monday, 18 June 2012

Meeting the UK's Prime Minister and seeing the Queen - an extraordinary week for Helene

On Wednesday, Helene visited Rosherville Brownies, who were looking forward to London North West’s Diamond Games event the next Saturday and made Helene a special torch.

On Friday Helene visited 17th Hampstead Brownies’ special Promise night with a film star and dolphin theme.  Then Helene was taken to Pax Lodge, where she spent the night! She was given a Pax Lodge pin and a beautiful WAGGGS scarf. She chatted to people from all over the world and enjoyed a barbeque.
17th Hampstead Brownies' Promise night
Next was the Diamond Games! Everyone in the County celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Over 450 people turned up, including the Deputy Lord Mayor who opened the Games for us – she had been a Brownie and a Guide! We also had an Olympic torch from London Olympics in 1948. One very brave Guide carried the torch in the Opening Ceremony and said the oath on behalf of all the competitors. There were sports of all kinds, craft activities and circus skills to keep everyone entertained. Helene walked along with Gill, our Chief Guide, meeting all the girls and Leaders. It was a lovely hot day, but the wind was so strong we had to hang on to the gazebos!

The Deputy Lord Mayor and Mayoral representatives - at the Diamond Games

On walkabout with Gill, the Chief Guide

Helene carried on her visits to units after her big weekend, and was very well fed...
She joined in discussions with the 25th Fulham (All Saints) Guides

She went to a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee party with 6th St Marylebone Brownies.

Maida Vale Brownies and Guides also had Jubilee afternoon tea.
On the next Saturday, Helene had a very special invitation to come to a Big Lunch at 10 Downing Street with Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from Westminster! We chatted to the Prime Minister David Cameron, and ate yummy ice cream and listened to the Guides and Rainbows singing. The rooms inside No. 10 were huge, and there were pictures everywhere! Check out Helene with Jessie and Annelise on the Number 10 website

The Rainbows with David Cameron
A few days later, Helene got up very early to see the Queen as part of her Jubilee celebrations. Along with Guides from London North West, she stood at Admirality Arch. We saw the Queen and other members of the Royal Family as they passed in the procession and we got such a fright when the first gun went off for the 60 gun Royal Salute. We saw and heard many bands, lots of soldiers and plenty of horses, who were so big, Helene felt quite frightened! We all waved at the Queen when she came out on the balcony and joined in the singing of the National Anthem. Helene waved her flag and joined in the cheering as the Red Arrows as flew right overhead. What a fantastic sight!

The Procession

In the crowd

The Red Arrows!

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