Queen Anne’s DofE Gold Award participants receive their certificates at St James’s Palace

Wednesday 12th December 2018

Mr Blunt joined four of our 2017 U6 leavers to share their successes at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Presentation at St James’s Palace on Tuesday 4 November.

Kate H, Britta A, Jessica R and Lara H were joined by their families in the senior Palace of the Sovereign. Unfortunately, Elizabeth M was unable to attend the Award Presentation.


All the girls have achieved so much – completing five sections of their Gold DofE Programme is a truly fabulous achievement. DofE is an Award that is recognised by universities and employers as the mark of a very special person.

Kate, Britta, Elizabeth, Jessica and Lara were prepared to make a commitment and proved they are young people who are capable of ‘going that extra mile’ to achieve their objectives.


HRH The Earl of Wessex chatted and questioned the girls about their achievements for a good 10 minutes. He has taken over the DofE reigns from his father, The Duke of Edinburgh.

It was then left to the Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, Dany Cotton, to present the girls individual certificates. Earlier, Dany Cotton, who is the first woman to hold the position of Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, delivered an inspiring talk and Q&A session that must have made a tremendous impression on our very first Queen Anne’s ‘Golden Girls’.


It was a fabulous occasion set in a fabulous setting and no more than all the young people collecting their Gold Awards deserved.

Not to be out done, Mr Blunt was presented with a certificate to mark his twenty-five years’ service to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This was a complete surprise to him and proves just how old he is!



Here are what our 2017 U6 leavers had to say about their achievements:


“The soft skills gained through DofE are incredible – they are literally relatable to everything you do. Even though it was so tough, it was completely worth it.” – Lara H


“I would recommend the DofE experience to everyone. The skills and memories made are something that can’t be gained through any other experience. The Presentation at St James’s Palace was a great way to finish the whole experience.” – Kate H


“What an experience Gold DofE was! Despite being one of the most mentally and physically challenging experiences of my life so far, I will never forget the memories I made.” – Britta A


“Gold DofE was a most rewarding experience but it took the right team and individual spirit to succeed. Being at St James’s Palace to receive my Gold Award has been an unforgettable day.” – Jessica R


Mr Blunt was beyond proud of the girls and was quoted saying: “It was a privilege to witness our very first Queen Anne’s DofE Gold participates collect their Awards at St James’s Palace today. We have more girls waiting in the wings to collect their Gold Awards and in future years the list will just continue to grow and grow.”


A huge congratulations to Kate, Britta, Elizabeth, Jessica, Lara and of course Mr Blunt, for their outstanding achievements! We hope to see many more Queen Anne’s girls gaining their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards in the future.



Read more Queen Anne’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award news here.


Find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Queen Anne’s School here.