Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) held a Gold Award Presentation in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 24 May to mark the achievement of 3000 young people from a range of organisations across the UK, including many schools and academies, who have achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the DofE, HRH The Earl of Wessex, Trustee of the DofE, and HRH The Countess of Wessex, Global Ambassador for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Award Foundation welcomed over 6000 people into the gardens of the Palace.

The DofE allows young people to develop skills that are transferable to the workplace. It gives young people the opportunity to evidence real life situations where soft skills are gained in applications and interviews. Over 100 top UK employers have endorsed a DofE programme for the skills and attributes a young person develops.  

Over 50 high profile presenters were also on hand to congratulate young people on their Gold Award success, showing commitment, determination and resilience to complete their DofE journey. Presenters included comedian, Bill Bailey, impressionist Jon Culshaw, Olympic medallist Louis Smith, McFly’s Tom Fletcher and Blur’s Alex James.

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE, said: “The DofE changes lives; opens doors to employment and education; enables young people to build strong relationships; and introduces them to a broad range of interests. I’m delighted that our recently announced 16/17 statistics show a record number of young people achieving their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. I want to give a huge thank you to all the schools and academies and their volunteers that run the DofE; the impact their dedication has on the lives of their pupils and local communities is second to none. It is the Charity’s ambition to give every young person the opportunity to do their DofE and I look forward to working with our partners in education to make this possible.”

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