GAP – St James’s Palace – 5 February 2019

Gold Award Presentation at St James's Palace on Tuesday 5 February 2019


507 young people collected their Gold Award Certificates on Tuesday 5th February 2019 at St James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex.


Morning presentation

Guest Presenters left to right: Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw CBE, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Major David Love


Throne Room – Central England

Presenter – Fiona Shaw CBE, Actress

“You have changed your lives. I wish I could Apply! Today has been a highlight of my life!”          


Entrée Room – Central England

Presenter – Major David Love, Adventurer and Commissioned Officer HM Forces (Army)

“You are the VIPs today. We are all here for you!”


Queen Anne Room – Central England

Presenter – Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer

“It is lovely to be here presenting your certificates today, I congratulate you all. The common thing about people who are successful is that they work hard. We all have to work hard and give back if we want to achieve success, and that is exactly what you did for your Gold DofE. Successful leaders are facilitators, they empower teams around them and by working in a team for your DofE you are now prepared for success. Well done to each and every one of you.”


Picture Gallery – Central England

Presenter – Eleanor Tomlinson, Actress

“Completing a Gold DofE Award is no easy feat, you should be incredibly proud of yourselves. The skills that you have developed will most definitely stand you in good stead for your future.”



Afternoon presentation


 Guest Presenters left to right: Matthew Kettlewell, Leon McCarron, Tori James, Major David Love


Throne Room – Scotland and Wales

Presenter – Matthew Kettlewell, Expedition Leader

“The countries future leaders are in this room. Congratulations on your achievement.”


Entrée Room – Wales

Presenter – Tori James, Adventurer

“It’s a real honour to be here with you today. It’s a special occasion, congratulations to all of you on your incredible achievement. Reflect on all the hours and commitment you’ve put in to get here today, you all put yourselves up for challenge and succeeded. Soak up that sense of pride but continue to step out of your comfort zone as that’s where the most learning takes place”.


Queen Anne Room – Northern Ireland

Presenter – Leon McCarron, Adventurer                                                               

“Be brave, be bold, be adventurous and be proud of your achievements.”


Picture Gallery – South West

PresenterMajor David Love, Adventurer and Commissioned Officer HM Forces (Army)

“Congratulations. You are amazing and I know this because I am a Gold Award holder myself.”

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