Katie Melua leads an all-Gold female cast at St. James’s Palace

Multi-Gold and Platinum award-winning singer Katie Melua joined other successful female ‘Gold’ stars to present young people with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DofE) at St. James’s Palace today, 25th March 2015. Following International Women’s Day earlier this month, the all-female line-up featured Gold DofE Award holder, broadcaster, author and consumer journalist Alice Beer, Olympic Gold GB Skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold MBE and comedian and acclaimed stand-up comedian and writer Holly Walsh, a Gold DofE Award holder herself, well known for her TV appearances on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Mock the Week.


Each presenter gave Gold DofE Awards to over 50 young people; recognition of their eighteen months or more of altruistic and challenging activity including community volunteering, and planning and undertaking an adventurous expedition.


At the event the presenters were thanked for their support by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, patron of the DofE Charity, who created the world-leading achievement award in 1956. Since then, some five million young Brits have taken part in this life-changing programme. Today the DofE is widely recognised as having a long-term positive impact on young people’s prospects as they develop vital skills for both life and work including confidence, commitment, team working and a real sense of community involvement.


Katie Melua said: “I take my hat off to these young people – they’ve really gone the extra mile. The hard work and commitment they’ve shown to achieve a Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is inspirational. It says so much about a person’s character. It will no doubt give them the edge when looking for work and set them up for future success.”


Peter Westgarth, CEO of the DofE, said: “We know how beneficial the DofE is for young people whatever their background or circumstance, whether that’s helping them get a job interview or make solid friendships. These Gold Award achievers are at the start of exciting life journeys and our ambition is to extend this opportunity to hundreds of thousands more as we grow the DofE across the UK.”  


There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups. For further information on the DofE please visit:



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