HISTORY - Royal Connections


HRH Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary of York. 1897-1965.

Born in York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate, the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, she was known as "Princess Mary".

She was enrolled as a Girl Guide by Olave Baden-Powell in 1917.

In July 1917 HRH Queen Mary gave her consent that her daughter should become the President; "She (HM Queen Mary) is pleased to accede to the request that the Princess Mary should become President of the Norfolk Girl Guides." and that Princess Mary "is pleased to be associated with the movement in her own county"

In recognition of this royal connection, the Guiders of Norfolk were permitted to wear white gloves with thier uniform instead of the usual brown, when gloves formed part of the Guiders official attire.

The Girl Guides of the 1st Sandringham Guide Company were the only company in the county to be allowed to wear royal purple neckers, again in recognition of the royal links.

From 1920-1965 Princess Mary was the second President of Girl Guides, succeeding Agnes Baden-Powell 1910-1920.

When she wed Henry Lascelles 6th Earl of Harewood on 28th February 1922, the Girl Guide Movement presented her with a wedding gift of a Tenderfoot Badge broach (the Promise Trefoil) made of diamonds and rubies.


She in return, gave some of her wedding present money to endow Foxlease (Princess Mary House) in Lyndhurst, Hampshire www.foxlease.org.uk 

HM Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, HRH Princess Margaret, have long had connections with Girlguiding in Norfolk, through their residence at Sandringham at certain times during the year.  In 2012, The Queen requested that a Queen's Guide, strong in faith be part of her Diamond Jubilee service at Westminster Abbey.  The Reverand Jenny Pathmarajah, Leader of 1st Fakenham Senior Section in Norfolk and part of the County Heritage team was approached...needless to say, she was delighted to accept.


The Royal Connection with Guiding still continues and HRH, The Countess of Wessex, is our current President.

One of our heritage project leaders, Emily receives her Queen's Guide award from HRH, The Countess of Wessex 2006.