The Duke of Edinburgh to Host Gold Award Celebrations

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The Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Patron of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) charity meets students during a visit to Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College in Brighton, East Sussex, to hear from young people making a difference in their communities through their DofE. October 4, 2023.
The Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Patron of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) charity meets students during a visit to Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College in Brighton, East Sussex, to hear from young people making a difference in their communities through their DofE. October 4, 2023.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH WILL HOST GOLD AWARD CELEBRATIONS FOR THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Friday 10th May and Monday 13th May 2024

The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, will host more than 8,000 young people from across the country in the Buckingham Palace Garden for Gold Award celebrations.

In His Royal Highness’s role as Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), the Duke of Edinburgh will host four celebratory events for young people across two days, on Friday 10th May and Monday 13th May 2024.

The special events will see the Buckingham Palace Garden transformed into a festival-style celebration with lawn games and activities, and guests will hear from inspirational public figures, including celebrity DofE Award holders.

At each event, guests will gather in front of the West Terrace Steps for speeches from the Duke of Edinburgh, a young DofE Gold Award achiever and a celebrity speaker, offering insights from their own life and career.

During the first celebration on Friday 10th May, the Duke will speak alongside broadcaster and Silver DofE Award holder, Vick Hope. They will be joined by 19-year-old Gold Award achiever Ifrah Shafiq, who will speak about how the DofE led her to tackle misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine in her community during the pandemic and gave her the confidence to pursue a career in the ambulance service.

Other speakers at Friday morning’s event include actor Jason Watkins; journalist and presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy; Olympian and Rugby World Cup winner Heather Fisher OLY; Heartstopper actor Tobie Donovan; racing driver Billy Monger and his sister Bonny; and explorer Ash Bhardwaj. Journalist and presenter Clive Myrie will speak from the West Terrace at Friday afternoon’s event.

On Monday 13th May, the Duke will speak alongside British astronaut Tim Peake and 19-year-old Gold Award achiever Hafwen Clarke. Hafwen will be the first young deaf person to speak from the West Terrace at a Gold Award celebration and will deliver a speech in British Sign Language alongside an interpreter.

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