A ROYAL appointment saw a 2nd Warwick Sea Scout brushing elbows with the Queen.
Bethany Ellis was one of four people from across the country called to represent the Sea Scouts at the commissioning of a new ship.
Each of those chosen was picked due to the contributions they had made to their groups.
And 12-year-old Bethany has certainly supported her scouting team, taking on various fund-raising challenges to raise money towards a new scout headquarters. This included cycling 130 miles along the ‘Coast to Coast’ route, canoeing 43 miles across three lakes and most recently, walking from London to Warwick.
Bethany says it was a huge privilege to attend the commissioning ceremony for the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and highlights included seeing members of the Queen, and shaking the hand of First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones.
And the home-schooled youngster says attending the ceremony has helped her realise her vocation in life.
She said: ” I was in shock to be selected to be part of such an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event. This was the first time ever that Sea Scouts have been involved in the commissioning of a Royal Navy vessel and I was proud to represent 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts at such an important event.
“When I first heard I was going to be involved I was excited and nervous as I didn’t know what to expect. I can see the appeal of joining the Royal Navy and the wide range of jobs available on land and at sea but I’m keen be part of the engineering team that designs the ships of the future.”