Published 3 December 2018

Today The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited the Sri Guru Singh Sabha to celebrate their new licensing to offer The Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards was founded by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 and helps young people to develop skills for life and work.

The Earl and Countess met people taking part in the DofE Awards at the Gurdwara and found out more about the activities they can take part in to achieve their gold, silver or bronze awards.

In the morning, they watched a martial arts presentation – an activity young people can take part in for the physical element of the Awards.

The Earl and Countess also visited the Prayer Hall (Darbar Sahib) to pay their respects , by bowing to the book of Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib.

Their Royal Highnesses then help prepare lunch in the kitchen and heard how young people can volunteer here as part of achieving their DofE Award.

The Sri Guru Singh Sabha is the largest Sikh institute outside of India and is the first Sikh body registered for The Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh Awards.