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World Scout Foundation gets royal support at meeting in Mexico

Last weekend saw His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in Mexico City to attend the 71st meeting of the Baden-Powell Fellows. The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg released images from the event on Wednesday morning.

During the meeting, the Hereditary Grand Duke was officially admitted as a member of the World Scout Foundation. Its “mission is to raise funds to finance projects of the Scout Movement Organisation around the world,” according to the Grand Ducal Court.

© World Scout Foundation / Victor Ortega

His Royal Highness was quoted in the Grand Ducal press release saying, “Currently, scouting is present in 169 countries and brings together 50 million people, Scouts and adult volunteers providing supervision. One of the objectives of the Foundation is to help this figure be doubled over the next twenty years.” The Hereditary Grand Duke made the comment while attending the seminar at Panamerican University in Mexico City.

Guillaume’s grandfather, Grand Duke Jean has been the Chief Scout of Luxembourg since 1945, a position that the Grand Ducal Court says he “still holds with great pride.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf was there in his capacity as an honorary chairman of the World Scout Foundation. He attended with his wife, Her Majesty Queen Silvia. During His Majesty’s last day in the Mexican capital, he took part in a Scout activity at the National Palace in the city’s square. There, 10,000 Scouts built the world’s largest Fleur de Lis, which is the international symbol of the World Scout Foundation. It was made up of a million and a half recycled aluminium cans.

Photo: Kungahuset.se

The King also gave a speech, in English, at a dinner with the Baden-Powell Fellowship on 23 March. He spoke about the work the Scouts have done in Mexico and said it had inspired him to do more, “Seeing the fantastic work done by local Scout Groups in this region, I am inspired to do more. To engage further. To provide more young people with the opportunity to develop as leaders. Dear Baden-Powell Fellows and Friends; I hope you will join me!”

His full speech can be read here.

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