The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Presentations at Buckingham Palace


Several Members of The Royal Family attended The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards Presentations, to celebrate the achievements of young people


Today two presentations for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Awards Presentations were held at Buckingham Palace.

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. 

You can find out more about the awards here.