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Camden DofE Gold Award holders invited to the Palace

Camden Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Award holders at Buckingham Palace with Camden DofE Award Manager Autumn Elbourn (far right).

For the first time since 2019, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold participants who completed all five sections of the Gold award were invited to Buckingham Palace for a formal award ceremony on Monday (16 May).

Autumn Elbourn, Camden Council's DofE Award Manager, said: "We had a really special day celebrating our Camden Gold participants at the Buckingham Palace gardens on Monday.

"It was great to see our young people get the recognition they deserve after such a long wait! With tea and a cake in hand, everyone was free to explore the gardens and attend guest talks by Ben Fogle and other adventurers.

"In glorious sunshine, HRH Prince Edward gave a speech and introduced some VIP speakers to the West Terrace stage, then met our DofE Gold Award holders and a few other selected groups for a chat about their awards, how the pandemic affected them and what their future plans are.

"It was a privilege to speak with him about our participants’ successes and how we adapted the programme during COVID. The whole day was such a wonderful celebration of young people’s achievements and commitment to DofE during some difficult years and I can't wait to see our current Gold participants at next year’s ceremony!”

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