Celebrity Award holders

Millions of young people have achieved their Award in the UK since our charity began in 1956, including some well-known faces. Read more below for inspiration and to hear about their DofE experience.

HRH Earl of Wessex headshot
HRH The Earl of Wessex

“The challenge for me became trying to do new things rather than those I was already involved in. Beyond school the range of opportunities increased dramatically, as did the need for self-discipline and self-determination to fulfil my Residential and especially my Physical section.”

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

“I started my DofE while I was at Marlborough College; completing my Bronze before getting my Gold Award while I was in the sixth form. DofE programmes are such a great way for young people to grow in confidence, learn new skills, work as part of a team and have great fun along the way.”

Levison Wood

“It was 14 years ago that I was collecting my own Gold Award. What you’ve achieved is really incredible, and the skills and experience you’ve gained will certainly set you up for the careers and adventures that you have ahead of you.”

Dame Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes

“I really enjoyed doing my DofE while I was at school. It provided an opportunity to challenge myself, learn new things and do good work in the community. It is something that I still talk about with my school friends to this day.”

Alice Beer

“My stickability and durability came from my own DofE Award and in achieving your Gold DofE. It says a lot about you as a person – that you know how to tackle difficult situations, you’re confident and you will shine compared to those that don’t have the same experience you have.”

Steve Backshall

“Your DofE shows you have fortitude and the ability to stick to a task, which is recognised by universities and employers alike.”