Gold Award Presentations

Achieving your Gold Award is a big deal. It shows that you have the skills, determination and mentality to really succeed. So, it’s only right you get a proper celebration of your achievement. All young people who achieve a Gold Award will be invited to a Gold Award Presentation (GAP), attended by a Member of The Royal Family, to receive their certificate.

We hold GAPs in three locations:

London at St James’s Palace and in Buckingham Palace Gardens – approximately 10 presentations a year.

Scotland at the Palace of Holyroodhouse – one presentation a year.

Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle – one presentation a year (for residents of Northern Ireland only).

You choose which location to receive your certificate in at the time of completing your Gold Award. If you wish to change the location of your GAP, please contact us. Should you wish to attend a presentation in London, it’s not possible for you to specify a preference of venue.

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about attending a Gold Award Presentation are below. For questions specific to your presentation location, please visit the individual location pages.

Gold Award Presentations - London

Congratulations! We hope you enjoyed doing your DofE and well done on achieving your Gold Award. The following should answer any questions you may have about being invited to a Gold Award presentation in London.

Presentations are held in the Spring (January – June) and Autumn (September – December). It’s not possible for you to request a specific venue for your presentation and we are unable to swap participants between presentation dates. If you can’t attend the first presentation that you are invited to, you will be placed back onto the waiting list for one further invitation to attend in the next season of presentations.

London GAP FAQs

To address your most frequently asked questions about attending a London Gold Award Presentation for participants, visit our London GAP FAQ pages.

St James’s Palace GAP FAQs Buckingham Palace GAP FAQs

Contact us

01753 727431 (Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 ONLY)

[email protected]

On the day: 07730 651376

Gold Award Presentations - Scotland

Congratulations! We hope you enjoyed doing your DofE and well done achieving your Gold Award. The following should answer any questions you may have about being invited to a Gold Award presentation in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Scotland GAP FAQs

To address your most frequently asked questions about attending a Scotland Gold Award Presentation for participants please download the Scotland GAP booklet, or visit our Scotland Gold Award Presentations FAQs page.

Scotland GAP FAQs Scotland GAP booklet

Contact us

0131 343 0920 (Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 ONLY)

[email protected]

Gold Award Presentations - Northern Ireland

Congratulations! We hope you enjoyed doing your DofE and well done achieving your Gold Award. The following should answer any questions you may have about being invited to a Gold Award presentation at Hillsborough Castle.

Northern Ireland GAP FAQs

To address your most frequently asked questions about attending a Northern Ireland Gold Award Presentation for participants please visit our Northern Ireland Gold Award Presentations FAQs page.

Northern Ireland GAP FAQs

Contact us

028 9069 9100 (Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 ONLY)

[email protected]

On the day please contact the telephone number provided with your admittance cards.

Waiting list

We aim to invite all young people to a GAP within 12 months of completing their Gold Award. Presentations usually take place on weekdays and fall within term time.

Pre invitation

Once your Gold Award has been approved by your Licensed Organisation and your Regional / Country office, you will automatically be added to the waiting list to attend a presentation at your chosen location. You’ll receive an automated email once your Award has been signed off. The team will be in touch in due course to let you know when you should expect to receive an invitation to attend a presentation. Please check all of the details on the Gold Award Presentation page of your eDofE account are correct and up to date to ensure that we can get in touch with you.

Gold Award holders are given two opportunities to attend a presentation. If you’re unable to attend on either of the two dates offered, then we’ll send your certificate to you in the post.

If you know that you’re going to be unavailable to attend a presentation for an extended period of time due to travelling or study commitments you can put your invitation on hold. We’re unable to exclude specific dates; we can only delay your invitation to a future season. Please let us know if you’d like to put your invitation on hold.

If you no longer wish to attend a presentation and would instead prefer to receive your certificate in the post, please contact the Gold Award Presentation Team.

Attending with others

If you’d like to attend a GAP with someone from your DofE group or a family member, please let us know when you complete your Award. We’re unable to bring individuals forward on the waiting list but can delay your first invitation until they have completed their Award and invite you together.

You must let us know if you would like to attend with another person before your invitation is issued; if we issue you with an invite and you choose to decline your place to wait for someone else, this will count as one of your two opportunities to attend.

Changing/updating your contact details

Please make sure that you make us aware of any changes to your personal details, particularly your email address and home address, to ensure that we can get in touch with you. You can do this on the Gold Award Presentation page of your eDofE account. If you don’t have an eDofE account, please get in touch with the Gold Award Presentation Team so we can update our records.

You can make any amendments to you and your guests details anytime up to four weeks before your presentation date. For security reasons, after that time your personal details become locked. If you need to make any changes in the four weeks leading up to your presentation, please contact the Gold Award Presentation Team.

Security and essential ID

Due to security restrictions, it’s essential that the first and last name that we have on file for you and your guest exactly match the photographic ID that you’ll be bringing to your presentation. Shortened names shouldn’t be used. The address provided for both you and your guest should also exactly match the ID that you’ll be bringing on the day.

Security arrangements at presentations are strict but shouldn’t interfere with your enjoyment of the presentation. In order to gain entry, you’ll need to bring the following items for both you and your guest:

– Coloured admittance card
– Two forms of identification – one must be photographic and the other must confirm your address.

 

Graphic showing the acceptable forms of ID to attend a Gold Award Presentation

You must present one form of identification from both Box A and Box B. Please note that the police will also accept a Citizen Card or Validate Card as photographic ID. If you’re not using your photo driving licence as your photographic ID (Box A), you can use it as your proof of address (Box B). Additional items valid for ID from Box B include official correspondence from the government, such as a council tax letter or polling card. If you or your guest don’t currently have an approved form of photographic ID, please make arrangements to obtain this prior to the presentation. No responsibility can be accepted by the DofE should you not meet the ID requirements and be denied entry.

Guest presenters

It’s not possible for Members of The Royal Family to present each certificate personally; so a specially invited guest will present the certificates on their behalf. The guest presenter will also share a few words with the Award holders, and there may be the opportunity for a Q&A session. We’re unable to confirm who the guest presenters will be in advance of a presentation day.

Refreshments

We’re unable to provide refreshments at Gold Award Presentation.. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles of water. Any other food or drink is not permitted to be consumed on site.

Dress guidelines

Please dress smartly – jeans and trainers aren’t permitted.

Dress code is a suit, or jacket and tie, for gentlemen and a suit, dress or a smart alternative for ladies. Hats are optional and wearing national dress is welcome.

Scouts, ATC, ACF and other uniformed organisations are encouraged to wear their uniforms. For official military uniforms, the Royal Navy should wear No 1C Undress, the Army should wear No 2 Dress and the Royal Air Force should wear No 1HD Dress. Gloves, leather and medals shouldn’t be worn. Chains of office can be worn.

There are no changing facilities at the presentations; those wishing to change into a uniform should make alternative arrangements.

Gold Award badges or brooches

You should receive your Gold Award badge or brooch from your Licensed Organisation (LO) when you complete your Award. If you do not receive this, please get in touch with your LO or DofE Regional Office. Please remember to wear your badge or brooch on the day of the presentation. If your guest also has a DofE Award, we would encourage them to wear their badge/brooch too.

DofE Gold Award brooch and badge

Personal items

Due to security restrictions, attendees will only be permitted to bring in a handbag or a small personal bag. All personal items may be subject to police searches. You’ll be denied entry if you bring large bags or luggage.

Cancellation of Gold Award Presentations

Gold Award Presentations are held by invitation of Members of the Royal Family. In the unlikely event of it being necessary to cancel an event due to unavoidable circumstances, the DofE can’t be held liable for any costs incurred to the Award holder or their guest. Depending on your travel arrangements, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance that covers UK travel and event cancellation. Please check your policy thoroughly to ensure that it covers your travel expenses and/or hotel costs.

Should a Gold Award Presentation be cancelled, the team will inform all attendees by email in the first instance followed up with further information in the post regarding rescheduling. Announcements will also be made via Facebook and Twitter, so please follow us to be sure you’ll receive this information. Please ensure that the Gold Award Presentation Team have your current email address and mobile number. You can update these on your Gold Award Presentation page on eDofE.

Official photography

Tempest Photography are the official Gold Award Presentation photographers and will be on hand at the presentation to mark your achievement and capture the day.

You’ll be able to see previews of your photos online two days after the presentation at tempest-dofe.co.uk. To access the website you’ll need your GAP reference number and eDofE ID. These will be printed on your coloured admittance card and will be listed on all correspondence that you’ll receive from us.

Photographs can be purchased in free-standing card mounts foil blocked with the DofE logo or can be framed in a variety of finishes. Prices start at £14.95.

Certificate frames and combination frames

In addition to photography, Tempest also offer a range of stunning certificate frames to showcase your Award. All certificate frames are supplied with removable backs, making it easy to insert your certificate. Frames are also available in Bronze and Silver. Prices start from only £33.00.

Alternatively, you can highlight your achievement by combining your certificate and pictures from the day in a unique combination frame. A variety of combinations are available to suit the range of images available at each presentation location. Prices start from £55.00.

All photographs are copyright of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award photographed by Tempest Photography. Photographs taken of guest presenters and Members of The Royal Family aren’t available to purchase.

Visit Tempest Photography

Contact Tempest:

Website: www.tempest-dofe.co.uk

Email: [email protected]
Enquiries: 01736 752411

Direct orders: 0800 023 2576 (option 3)

Hall of Fame

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award would like to congratulate all the young people that have achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. See the presenters at our recent Gold Award Presentations.

2019

Buckingham Palace – 22 May

Buckingham Palace – 13 May

St James’s Palace – 27 February

St James’s Palace – 26 February

St James’s Palace – 5 February

St James’s Palace – 4 February

2018

St James’s Palace – 5 December

St James’s Palace – 4 December

St James’s Palace – 27 November

St James’s Palace – 26 November

Buckingham Palace – 24 May

Buckingham Palace – 17 May

Note: All photographs are copyright of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award photographed by Tempest Photography. These presenter photographs aren’t available to purchase.

Press releases

Whether you are a Licensed Organisation or a Gold Award holder, the below documents provide guidance on sharing your success stories with local media and important photography information.

Communications Toolkit

Press release template

Case study form