Prince Edward congratulates Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holders

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award goes virtual! Prince Edward is joined by stars including Martin Kemp and Judy Murray to congratulate Gold winners via video link after presentation ceremonies were cancelled

  • Prince Edward congratulated youngsters on their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
  • Awards ceremonies were due to take place but were cancelled due to lockdown
  • Royal was joined by stars including Martin Kemp and Hugh Bonneville 
  • Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Prince Edward was joined by a string of celebrities as he congratulated recent recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. 

The Earl of Wessex, 56, praised their achievement in a video message that was shared on the official Royal Family Twitter account. In a separate post stars including Marvin Humes, Hugh Bonneville and Judy Murray added their well-wishes. 

More than 8,000 new Gold Award holders had their official presentation ceremonies at St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year Prince Edward was joined by his niece Princess Eugenie in hosting the Buckingham Palace event. 

The Earl of Wessex, 56, praised their achievement in a video message that was shared on the official Royal Family Twitter account, pictured

Edward, who has been a UK trustee for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award since 1988, told the young people they should ‘feel justifiably proud of what you’ve achieved’.

He added: ‘As some of you are aware, we regrettably had to cancel the Gold Award ceremonies at St James’s Palace in the middle of March, and now we’ve lost the ones planned for Buckingham Palace in May – for which I’m very sorry.

‘However, I can assure you we will do everything we can to reschedule as soon as the time is right.

‘In the meantime, I and a few others wanted to congratulate you on achieving your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.’

In a separate post stars including Judy Murray (pictured) added their well-wishes 


Marvin Humes (left) and Hugh Bonneville (right) also recorded video messages to share

The posts were shared on Twitter account as a way to celebrate Gold Award holders

Other stars in the video included presenters Chris Tarrant and Gaby Roslin, and actors Larry Lamb and Iain Glen.

The celebrities were due to be guest presenters at the award ceremonies this spring.

Edward, the youngest son of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, joked about the gruelling challenges of the Gold Award, saying: ‘There were probably times when you were doing it when you were wondering ‘Why?’, and, if it was anything like mine, it was probably halfway through the expedition.’

He added: ‘I know that lots of you are out there using your volunteering skills and life experiences to contribute to efforts in your local communities, especially supporting the vulnerable and the isolated. Thank you so much.’

More than 8,000 new Gold Award holders had their official presentation ceremonies at St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Last year Prince Edward was joined by his niece Princess Eugenie at the event, pictured

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: ‘For the almost 8,000 young people who were due to be welcomed by the earl at the official presentation ceremonies at St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace this spring, it is hoped that the videos will provide a chance for them to celebrate their brilliant achievement virtually, at this challenging time.’

Edward’s father Prince Philip set up The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956. It has become one of the country’s best-known youth self-improvement schemes for 14 to 24-year-olds.

More than six million people across the globe have taken part to try to gain their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

The earl has been a UK Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award since 1988. 

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