A Flitwick Brownie and her mum have spent an unforgettable day at Buckingham Palace during a special celebration marking 100 years of Brownies.
Katie Bavister, nine, and her mum Claire, 38, attended a tea party with a twist on the famous palace lawns as they celebrated a century of Brownie adventure, friendship, community action and fun.
They were joined by Girlguiding’s president, HRH The Countess of Wessex and the UK’s number one women’s tennis player, Laura Robson.
Tennis ace Laura, a Big Brownie Birthday Champion this year, brought the Wimbledon fun to the party – inspiring Katie with her top tennis tips.
It was also a chance for The Countess of Wessex to thank Claire for supporting her daughters’ Brownie adventure.
Claire said: “Katie enjoys having fun and trying out new activities. Girlguiding is easily available at a reasonable price to all girls in all walks of life and constantly offers new and exciting opportunities and challenges, whether with badges or days out.
Katie, a member of the 1st Flitwick Brownies, added: “The thing I like best about Brownies is having fun with a group of my friends and enjoying new activities.”
This year girls are celebrating The Big Brownie Birthday by tackling challenges big and small – from carrying out acts of kindness to taking on rafting, rock-climbing and zip wiring and raising awareness of issues affecting girls in the UK and worldwide.
As the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women – Girlguiding wants to inspire more girls with the confidence to take part in sport.
The 2013 Girls’ Attitudes Survey found that 41 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 are being put off playing sport because they feel embarrassed wearing schools sports kit.