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King’s & Queen’s Scout Awards

King Scout AwardThe King’s Scout Award originates in 1909, when King Edward VII, a keen supporter of the Scout movement, approved the introduction of the badge ‘for those Scouts who prove themselves able and willing to serve the King.’ The Queen’s Scout Award badge followed in 1952 on the death of King George VI.

Queen Scout AwardToday the Queen’s Scout Award is still recognised as a symbol of outstanding achievement in Scouting and is the highest award for our young people. All those who would have been awarded the King’s Scout Award in 1952 received the new badge at the St George’s Day Parade at Windsor Castle.

Lord Louis Mountbatten and the Silver Elephant

silver elephantEarl Mountbatten of Burma received the title for services in the war and in India.

The great uncle of Prince Charles, Lord Louis Mountbatten was the man who accepted the Japanese surrender in 1945. He was the last Viceroy, and the first ever Governor General of the new Independent India as the country gained its independence from the British Empire.

The pinnacle of his impressive career came in 1955 when Winston Churchill, in one of his last acts of Prime Minister, agreed Lord Mountbatten as the First Sea Lord. It was the proudest moment of his career, more so than his appointment four years later as Chief of Defence Staff. In 1965 Lord Mountbatten retired from active duty in the Royal Navy. Shortly afterwards he was made Governor of the Isle Wight, a position he took most seriously as when he was made Viceroy of India.

The family home is Broadlands in Romsey, Hampshire.

Akin to the Silver Wolf Award in the UK, the Silver Elephant is the highest adult award in Indian Scouting. This Silver Elephant was presented to Earl Mountbatten of Burma in 1948, while he was Viceroy of India, in recognition for services to the Scouts of India as their Chief Scout.

Following the untimely death of Lord Louis in 1979, the Silver Elephant was presented on indefinite loan to Hampshire County Scout Council by his daughter, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, on the occasion of the opening of Mountbatten Lodge at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre on 17th June 1986.

It is held in custody by the County Commissioner of the time, and it has become customary that a young person has the privilege of wearing it on the occasion of their Queen’s Scout Award badge presentation.