A group of BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat reporters hosted a special Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Diamond Anniversary programme at St James’s Palace, in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
Four Newsbeat reporters, all of whom have achieved a DofE Award, will feature as guest presenters during an afternoon ceremony to celebrate 280 young people from across the country receiving their Gold Awards. The reporters will meet young people and learn about their journey to achieve a DofE Gold Award through five sections – volunteering, physical, skills, expeditions and residential.
Last year, DofE participants dedicated 3.5 million volunteering hours across the UK. There will be a special focus on volunteering and stories will be told on The Royal Family’s social media channels throughout the day – Facebook @BritishMonarchy, Twitter @RoyalFamily and Instagram @TheRoyalFamily.Newsbeat will host a Facebook Live which can be followed at www.facebook.com/bbcnewsbeat.
The Duke of Edinburgh has attended over 500 Gold Award Presentations since the DofE was founded in 1956. HRH has previously described the Award as “do-it-yourself growing up kit”.