Queen declines rock climbing invite
Published 12/03/2010 | 08:01
The Queen joked with Cadets celebrating their 150th anniversary, declining the chance to try her hand at rock climbing because she was wearing the wrong shoes.
She was offered the chance to have a go at the adventure sport at Wyvern Barracks in Exeter, Devon.
Her visit, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, marked 150 years of the Cadet movement and Army, Sea and Air Cadets performed displays before she unveiled a commemorative plaque.
Corporal Jess Palfrey, who has been a Cadet for four years, was taking part in rock climbing demonstrations on a temporary plastic wall.
She met the Queen, and said: "I asked her if she wanted to climb the wall and she said 'I don't think I have got the right shoes on for that'.
"She asked if it was fun and said it looked quite difficult."