Sea Cadets from Peterhead were in London last weekend and rubbed shoulders with Royalty and celebrities from the world of television.
Maren Mowatt and her mum, Sea Cadet volunteer Marleen from Peterhead Sea Cadets were guests at Her Majesty’s Patron’s Lunch, which was held on the Mall, London on Sunday, June 12.
Maren, 11, and her mum along with 11 other Sea Cadets from across the country were starstruck when Sea Cadets ambassador, Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex stopped and chatted to them.
Sea Cadets were very eagle-eyed and were kept busy spotting a host of celebrities on the Mal.
And they didn’t hesitate to ask for a selfie, including one with half of The Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc. They also snapped Pointless presenter Alexander Armstrong and journalist and presenter Dame Esther Rantzen DBE.
Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell RN, attended the Patron’s Lunch with the Sea Cadets.
Commenting on the event he said: “We had a great time at the Patron’s Lunch.
“It was a little wet at the start but that didn’t hamper our spirits nor enthusiasm!
“It means so much to us that HM The Queen is our patron, she is an inspirational figure.
“To have the royal stamp of approval helps us to continue our work in supporting young people to find their course in life and launch into adult hood with confidence and self-belief and a pack of skills they can rely on,” he said.
“Sea Cadets gives young people a new perspective. We broaden horizons. We create possibilities.
“We work across the UK with 14,000 young people in 400 locations.
“We help them see the world with confidence, gained through the challenge of nautical adventure.
“Cadets form new friendships. They learn new skills to carry them in their careers.
“Their confidence to face life builds, and they see what they can do,” he added.