A Chorley guide has shown she is leading the way receiving Girlguiding UK’s top accolade, the coveted Queen’s Guide Award.

Caroline Smith received the honour from Baroness Judith Wilcox and Girlguiding UK’s Chief Guide Gill Slocombe – herself a Queen’s Guide – at a special ceremony held at the House of Lords.

Caroline, who is a Brownie Leader and whose Queen’s Guide achievements included organising events and taking Brownies away on holiday, as well as learning to play the guitar, said she was delighted.

She said: “Completing my Queens guide has given me confidence and has helped me to plan and take part in more adventurous activities.

“The award made me realise that I wanted to look for a job in a more social field and I now work in a local nursery and primary school.”

More than 20 young women from around the UK joined Caroline in receiving their Queen’s Guide Award.

The Queen’s Guide Award is the most prestigious guiding award open to members aged 16 to 25.