11/03/2011

Duke In NI To Present 'Own Awards'

NI is again enjoying a royal visit - the second this week - as Prince Philip today attended the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Ceremony at Hillsborough Castle.

He met 60 Gold Award winners from across Northern Ireland and heard that each year, around 7,000 young people in Northern Ireland start a Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme and over 3,000 achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Northern Ireland consistently achieves the highest level of participation in the UK.

His Royal Highness (pictured here by Brian McCalden) was greeted by David Lindsay the Lord-Lieutenant of Co Down and went on to meet Ian Webb, Sheriff for Co Down and Kate Thompson, Director, Northern Ireland, Duke of Edinburgh's Award who accompanied HRH throughout the visit.
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In the Drawing Room, the Duke of Edinburgh then had the opportunity to chat with approximately 20 young people, family members and friends.

Pete Snodden, local radio presenter assisted with the presentation of the certificates to the assembled Gold Award participants.

The Queen's husband then had the opportunity to chat to the 40 or so assembled Gold Award participants, and guests where Alan Simpson, the BBC radio presenter, assisted with the presentation of the Gold Award certificates to the young people.

Prince William and his fiancé, Kate Middleton were in NI on Tuesday on a day long visit.

See: William And Kate Heading For Home

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