The Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit British Columbia in Canada next month to present special awards of merit to young people in the province.
The visit will last for nine days in September. They will arrive on the 12th and leave on the 20th.
The day after the couple arrive in Canada, they will present 85 young people in British Columbia (B.C) with a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Gold is the highest level of the award, which challenges young people aged 14 to 24 to complete a program of activities that include service, skill, physical recreation, and adventure.
The award was created by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 and soon made its way to Canada in 1963.
A second ceremony will take place on September 16 to present awards to other young people in B.C. Last year, the Duke of York presented 100 people with their gold awards in Victoria.
Since 1987, Prince Edward has visited Canada on many occasions. The 2002 trip to Prince Edward Island was the first official tour outside of the UK for his wife The Countess.
The trip is considered a working one rather than a royal visit. The Earl and Countess have accepted invitations from a number of organizations to visit Canada.