Gold Award Celebration Events
Achieving your Gold Award is a big deal. It shows 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 are invited to a Gold Award celebration event at a Royal Palace, attended by a Member of The Royal Family.
Join us in celebrating the achievements of Gold Award holders across the UK and leave your memory.
We hold Gold Award events in three cities:
London at St James’s Palace and in Buckingham Palace Gardens – approximately 10 days a year.
Scotland at the Palace of Holyroodhouse – one day a year.
Northern Ireland usually at Hillsborough Castle – one day a year (for residents of Northern Ireland only).
If you don’t wish to attend a celebration event, then you can request to receive your Gold Award certificate in a unique certificate presentation folder. The folder includes a photograph of our founder and patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and our Trustee HRH The Earl of Wessex together at Windsor Castle, as well as a statement of congratulations from HRH The Earl of Wessex.
This unique folder is only available to people who choose not to attend an in-person event and isn’t available to purchase. You can choose to receive the folder at the time of achieving your Award, or you can request to come off the waiting list and receive the folder at any time by emailing [email protected].
We were unable to hold Gold Award events between March 2020 and Spring 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we now have a significant waiting list. We’ll be working to invite all young people to an event as soon as possible, but it may take up to 18 months from completion.
Gold Award events take place on weekdays and fall within term time.
In London, events take place in the Autumn (September – December) and Spring (January – May).
In Scotland, events usually take place in June or July.
In Northern Ireland, events can take place at anytime of the year.
You choose which city you would like to attend your Gold Award celebration event in at the time of completing your Gold Award. If you wish to change your location, please contact us on [email protected]. Should you wish to attend an event in London, it’s not possible for you to specify a preference of venue. Events in Northern Ireland are for residents only.
Once your Gold Award has been approved by your Licensed Organisation and your DofE Regional/Country office, you’ll automatically be added to the waiting list to attend an event at your chosen location.
You’ll receive an automated email once your Award has been signed off and the team will subsequently be in touch to let you know when you should expect to receive an invitation to attend an event. 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 celebration event. 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 an event 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 by emailing [email protected] if you’d like to put your invitation on hold.
If you have extenuating personal circumstances that make attendance at an event challenging (e.g. you’re a member of the Armed Forces or blue light services), please let us know by emailing [email protected].
Your Gold Award badge or brooch will be posted to you in the month after you achieve your Award and will be sent to the address registered on the Gold Award Presentation page of your eDofE account. If you don’t receive your badge/brooch, please email us ([email protected]).
Please remember to wear your badge or brooch on the day of your event. If your guest also has a DofE Award, we encourage them to wear their badge/brooch too.
If you have chosen to receive your Gold Award Certificate through the post, this will be posted to you in the month after you achieve your Award with your Gold Award badge or brooch.
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 about your event invitation. 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 Events Team ([email protected]) so we can update our records.
You can make any amendments to you and your guests details anytime up to four weeks before your event 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 event, please contact the Gold Award Events Team.
If you’d like to attend a Gold Award event 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.
Security arrangements at events are strict but shouldn’t interfere with your enjoyment of the event.
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.
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 event. 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.
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 are not using your photo driving licence as your photographic ID in 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 do not currently have an approved form of photographic ID, please make arrangements to obtain this prior to the event. No responsibility can be accepted by the DofE should you not meet the ID requirements and be denied entry.
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.
In accordance with Royal Household guidance, dress code is a suit, or jacket and tie, for gentlemen and a suit, dress or a smart alternative for ladies. Ladies are welcome to wear trousers if they wish. Hats are optional but are not required. National dress is welcome. As the event takes place with attendees standing, we would advise wearing appropriate footwear. Please dress smartly – jeans and trainers aren’t permitted.
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.
There are no changing facilities at the events; those wishing to change into a uniform should make alternative arrangements.
Gold Award celebration events 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 celebration event be cancelled, the team will inform all attendees by email as soon as possible. Announcements will also be made via social media, so please follow us to be sure you’ll receive this information. We’ll be in touch with attendees as soon as possible about rearranging their event. Please ensure that the Gold Award Events Team have your current email address and mobile number. You can update these on your Gold Award Presentation page on eDofE.