Youngster’s achievements recognised at palace ceremony
A MEMBER of the 1st Redruth Boys’ Brigade represented the West of England and the Channel Islands as he received his Queen’s Badge from the Duke of York at a special ceremony in London.
Samuel Constable was one of 50 Boys’ Brigade members from across the UK who was invited to the event last monthJuly.
The Queen's Badge is the highest award that can be gained by a member of the Boys’ Brigade (BB) who are 16 years old and over.
It involves completing various leadership courses, providing a minimum of 60 hours’ volunteering in the BB and the community as well as developing skills in categories such as physical challenge and expedition.
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This year the celebrations at St James’ Palace celebrated the centenary of its predecessor, the King’s Badge, which was first awarded in 1913.
The ceremony was attended by Boys’ Brigade leaders, politicians and leaders of other youth organisations.
“Working for my Queen's Badge was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done,” said 16-year-old Samuel Constable.
“I put a lot of time into it and it was amazing to have this recognised with an invitation to St James’ Palace, especially since I was chosen to represent the entire West of England and the Channel Islands.”
“The Palace was a beautiful venue and the 50 of us were incredibly privileged to be given the opportunity to talk to His Royal Highness informally at the reception while tucking into several plates of delicious food, and then take a look round several areas of the historic palace.
“The whole thing was a wonderful experience which I will never ever forget.”
Steve Dickinson, BB’s chief executive officer, said: “The recipients have all worked very hard to receive their Queen’s Badges and I am sure I echo the sentiments of their parents and families when I say that I am incredibly proud of their achievements.”