Jenny visits Buckingham Palace for Duke of Edinburgh Gold ceremony
21st May 2018

A Sixth Form pupil at Rydal Penrhos visited Buckingham Palace to collect her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Jenny Johnson, an Upper Sixth Form pupil at the school, joined other successful candidates at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 17, just days before the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.

The 18-year-old received her certificate from rugby star Johnathan Davies, and she also got the chance to meet Princess Anne at the lavish garden ceremony.

Jenny, said: “It was beyond everything I was expecting and all the hard work to get my Gold Award was definitely worth it.

“I would highly recommend it now more than ever as it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet royalty and gain a qualification that stays with you for the rest of your life.

“Princess Anne was really lovely and we spoke about what I had to do throughout the process to get the award, and she was really nice and kind looked beautiful.”

During the unforgettable day, the Canadian native entered the Palace through the Canada Gates, something Jenny described as “very special”, before also getting the chance to walk round the gardens before the presentation service.

The Sixth Former is the latest to take full advantage of the DofE course run by Rydal Penrhos’ enthusiastic course co-ordinator Dr Jim Lewis, with Jack Sissons, Will Marston and Katie Marston achieving the feat last year.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell, added: “Jenny can be enormously proud of her ongoing commitment throughout the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, and her day at Buckingham Palace was richly deserved when you consider just how hard she worked to achieve the qualification.”

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