Guiding through the Decades 1990 – 2009
1990 Newly-refurbished Commonwealth Headquarters opened by HRH Princess Margaret.
Pax Lodge, W.A.G.G.G.S. World Centre in London officially opened.
Jane Garside JP (later CBE) appointed Chief Commissioner.
1991 75th Anniversary of the Ranger Section.
1992 Brownies Go for It! programme introduced for older Brownies.
New edition of the Guide Handbook published.
1993 HM The Queen Mother visited Commonwealth Headquarters for the Trefoil Guild Golden Jubilee Tea Party.
1994 New name of The Guide Association chosen omitting the word Girl.
New wording of the Guide Promise and Law introduced with new Section Promise badges.
1995 Margaret Wright (later MBE) appointed Chief Commissioner.
1996 HM The Queen and HRH Princess Margaret officially opened the Heritage Centre.
Bridget Towle (later CBE) appointed Chief Guide. (Title changed from Chief Commissioner.)
1997 Vice President Betty Clay appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1998 Jeans are allowed as an official part of the Guide Uniform range.
Guiding Development Forum and Guiding Development Committee established.
1999 World Guide Camp of 3,500 Guides from 54 Countries held at Foxlease.
Vice President Betty Clay CBE awarded the Bronze Wolf by the World Scout Committee.
2000 Millennium events included a special commemorative badge.
2001 Jenny Leach (later CBE) succeeded Bridget Towle as Chief Guide.
The Girls and Citizenship research launched.
Parliamentary Reception held at the House of Commons for former Guides and included 200 Members of Parliament and Peers, who had been Guides, also attending.
2002 The Guide Association decided to rebrand as Girlguiding UK.
Death of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother; Patron 1937-2002.
Death of HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon; President 1965-2002.
2003 HRH The Countess of Wessex appointed President. Sophie had been a Brownie Guide.
Heritage Centre changed to ICANDO.
2004 Death of Betty Clay CBE, the Founder’s younger daughter on 24th April.
Brownie Guides 90th Anniversary.
Brownie Rose named at the Chelsea Flower Show.
2005 New Brownie Houses opened at Foxlease and Waddow.
Guides attended Eurojam, European Scout Jamboree held at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
2006 Liz Burnley succeeded Jenny Leach as Chief Guide.
2007 1,000 members of Girlguiding UK attended the 21st World Scout Jamboree at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
First Girls Shout Out! UK-wide survey published. New strap line girls in the lead adopted.
2008 World in One City held in Liverpool as part of World Thinking Day.
2009 Start of the Centenary celebrations launched at the Crystal Palace in London.