Founded by The Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is the world's leading youth achievement award that develops over 400,000 young people for life and work every year in the UK. The Awards today celebrate the achievements of young people who have achieved the Gold Award, which takes 12 months to complete.
The Duke of York and The Earl of Wessex and The Countess of Wessex attend this morning's presentations. The Princess Royal joined The Earl and The Countess for the second presentation in the afternoon.
As UK trustee, The Earl of Wessex has been deeply committed to the organisation's work since achieving his own Gold Award in 1986 – and is Chairman of the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. The Countess last year completed a 450 mile cycling challenge in 2016 to celebrate DofE Awards 60th anniversary, attended the morning awards.
Participants must be successful in five areas to achieve the Gold Award.
Volunteering – service to others or the community
Physical – achieve a certain standard of health and fitness
Skills – develop practical skills and nurture personal interests and talents
Expeditions – execution of an outdoor challenge
Residential – undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home
Their Royal Highnesses met a number of young people and heard about their journey to achieve the Gold Award.