Guests gather on the lawns of Buckingham Palace for Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award Celebration

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Gold Award Celebration

On Friday 10th May, an inspiring group of cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) who completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award gathered for a memorable celebration at Buckingham Palace.

Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Gold Award Celebration

5 June 2024

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On Friday 10th May, an inspiring group of cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) who completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award gathered for a memorable celebration at Buckingham Palace. The attendees enjoyed a delightful afternoon tea and listened to speeches from several celebrity speakers. The events’ highlight was an address from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, offering a personal touch to this special occasion.

Pre-Reception at London Scottish House

Before the main event, recipients were invited to a pre-reception event at London Scottish House, hosted by Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Army Cadet Force (ACF). This prelude offered an excellent opportunity for the awardees to reconnect with fellow cadets who had shared in their Gold DofE Expedition's challenging and rewarding journey. The camaraderie and shared experiences created a vibrant atmosphere of achievement and mutual support.

The Path to Gold

Achieving a Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a testament to the participants' commitment and dedication. The process takes at least 12 months, during which participants engage in various activities. These include volunteering, participating in a physical activity, learning or developing a new skill, and completing a challenging expedition. Furthermore, Gold level participants must also undertake a residential activity, adding another dimension to their experience.

Most of these activities are completed within the participants' home counties. However, the expeditions often take them further afield, such as participating in National Gold DofE Expeditions. These expeditions are held in stunning and diverse locations such as North Wales, Dartmoor, Northumberland, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. This year a selection of cadets and adult volunteers are completing their expedition in Bavaria, Germany. Each expedition presents its own unique set of challenges and learning opportunities, contributing to the personal growth and resilience of the participants.

  • Award recipients gather on the stairs of Buckingham Palace
  • Games on the lawn for DofE Gold Award Celebration
  • Various Army Cadets at DofE Gold Award Celebration
  • Guest of DofE Gold Award Celebration gather in front of sign
  • Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Celebration
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The Honour of Stewarding

In addition to celebrating the achievements of the Gold awardees, the Army Cadets were honoured with a unique role at the event. Invited by DofE, 30 cadets and CFAVs from both the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) volunteered to help steward the celebration. Their duties included distributing programmes to guests and lining the steps of Buckingham Palace as HRH The Duke of Edinburgh emerged to deliver his speech and interact with the attendees. This prestigious responsibility added an extra layer of pride and involvement for the cadets.

A Celebration of Achievement

The Gold Award Celebration at Buckingham Palace is a significant milestone for the award holders. It is a time to come together, reflect on their journey, and celebrate their accomplishments. This event not only recognises the hard work and perseverance of the awardees but also highlights the values and skills they have developed along the way.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is more than just a recognition; it is a transformative experience that equips young people with the confidence and capabilities to succeed in life. The celebration at Buckingham Palace was a fitting tribute to the remarkable achievements of these young individuals, honouring their dedication and the positive impact they have made through their participation in the DofE programme.