The Perse School

A right Royal occasion for Perse students receiving Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards

29 May 2018

Eesha Wahid and Lewis Naughton savoured the experience of visiting Buckingham Palace to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The Upper Sixth students attended the special ceremony at the Royal residence after successfully completing the DofE programme.

During their visit, they met Princess Beatrice of York and mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE – the only British climber to have ascended all 14 Himalayan summits that are above 8,000 metres in height.

Eesha was “shocked” to have been invited to Buckingham Palace and loved every minute of the experience.

She said: “It was very surreal. It felt like I was in a movie! Buckingham Palace is even prettier in real life than in the pictures. We had about two hours there, but they went by super quickly.

“I met Princess Beatrice of York and she was so inspirational. I really enjoyed talking to her.

“Those receiving awards were split into groups with their own presenter, so we had Alan Hinkes come and talk to us. He had some incredible stories about mountaineering, climbing up Everest and K2. It was very inspiring.”

Visiting Buckingham Palace and the ceremony itself more than lived up to expectations for Lewis.

He said: “One of the highlights was just walking through the palace gates. It was a brilliant day and a lot of fun.

“We were very fortunate to meet Princess Beatrice and Alan Hinkes, who was a fascinating guy. I really like the outdoors life, so one of the best parts of the day was listening to his stories on what he has managed to achieve.

“Visiting Buckingham Palace is something we were so fortunate to do and we will be able to look back on with great memories.”

Listen to Eesha talk about what she did to achieve the Gold DofE Award and why she would encourage others to take part below.

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