St. James’s Palace

21Oct05

On Wednesday of this week my Mum and I, accompanied by Pete, his Dad, and Ben, travelled down to London in order to receive our (Pete and I) Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. After a 45 minute stroll from King’s Cross/St. Pancras to the Palace, we arrived and were most surprised to see two other Old Nottinghamians; one of whom had been in Scouts, the other a past Head Boy of Nottingham High School! As expected, Mary was also to be found in the crowds, and after a few photos outside in the courtyard and a security check, we were allowed into the Palace.

With hundreds of D of E candidates receiving their Gold Award throughout the day, the Duke himself was only able to briefly speak to individuals (us included); the presentation was carried out by Alun Michael, MP for Newport, South Wales. Being a scout himself (and us forgetting we had neckers on), he employed a left handshake with both Pete and I, which neither of us was prepared for!

After the presentation we briefly had time to stop off at a rather busy Italian restaurant, before parting on our ways (mine all the way to Bangor… 5 hours later!) back at King’s Cross.

Please take a look at the photos from Wednesday

Facts/Figures The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is committed to providing for 14-25 year olds an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development. They can take part through schools, colleges, youth clubs, voluntary organisations, pupil referral units, young offenders institutions and businesses, to name but a few. It helps instil citizenship qualities within young people such as self-belief, perseverance and leadership skills.

Over 137,000 young people take up the challenge of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award every year with around 225,000 participating at any one time. Since it began in 1956, over 3 million young people have entered the Programme and almost 2 million Awards achieved.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity and as such relies on the generous support of volunteers, local authorities, businesses, individuals and trustees to meet its commitment to help all young people realise their full potential. Source: Press Release Note 2005

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