Royal reward for Gold Award holders

Friday 26 May 2023

Eight of our past and present students rubbed shoulders with royalty and celebrities in the gardens of Buckingham Palace for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Award celebration event in mid-May.

It was a beautiful, sunny day in the flower-laden gardens with the royal bands playing and special guests from business, exploration and the media delivering motivational talks from the satellite stages.

At 4.00pm on the button, the new Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, appeared on the steps of the Palace to congratulate the young Gold Award holders.  Charlotte Hawkins, of Good Morning Britain fame, gave an address, and she was followed by the DofE’s youth ambassador, Emily Palmer.  After completing her Bronze and Silver Awards, Emily had an accident and lost the ability to walk.  Two years later she decided she wanted to do Gold and this inspired her to learn to walk again.

After photos, delicious royal cupcakes were served to end the day, with lemon daisy and spiced carrot being two of the many wonderful flavours.

Long-serving volunteers with the Award in College, Mrs Corner and Mrs Bourn, had the privilege of attending alongside the students and enjoyed meeting with the past students and hearing how the Award has helped them progress in adult life. 

Mrs Bourn said: “I have assisted with DofE in a voluntary capacity for over 25 years and I fully support the challenges that DofE brings – by helping students in skills, service and expedition particularly.  To get to the Gold Award Garden Party last week at Buckingham Palace was a real privilege.  The two highlights of the delightful experience were meeting Emmanuel alumni who have finally completed all sections of the Gold DofE Award, and sharing this special afternoon with another dedicated volunteer, Mrs Corner.  We have spent many days and nights out in the dales training and guiding students from Emmanuel College!”