His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex will be in Edinburgh next Wednesday 5 July, to attend two presentation receptions for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award holders at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Founded by His Royal Highness Prince Philip in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards is the world’s leading youth achievement awards, inspiring and transforming the lives of millions of young people over the past 61 years. The DofE positively impacts young people by helping with personal development and increasing employability – a DofE award is a “passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities”.
The DofE develops over 400,000 young people in the UK each year through 10,800 DofE centres such as schools, youth clubs and prisons, which receive support from 2,600 partner organisations and around 40,000 adult volunteers.
Between the morning and afternoon receptions more than 700 The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award recipients will receive their award from guest presenters. They join the more than 2.7 million recipients of a DofE award since 1956.
The Earl of Wessex is himself a Gold Award holder and has been a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Charity and the International Award Association since 1988. He plays an active role in the organisation, attending events and presenting awards.
The Countess of Wessex is also an active supporter of the DofE and a Global Ambassador for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. To help commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 2016 the Countess completed a Diamond Challenge, cycling 445 miles from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace over seven days from 19-25 September.
Ahead of her challenge the Countess spoke of the impact of the DofE: “I have seen for myself the incredible impact the DofE has on every young life it touches, equipping young people with self-belief and motivation whatever their background or ability. So I had no hesitation in taking on a Diamond Challenge and hope this will encourage others to try their own.”