The Duke of York Gold Award, supported by Prince Andrew, is an Engineering Award given on the basis of continued excellence in course work completed over 4 years, work experience and the ability to effectively communicate personal skills, attributes and future aspirations.
Continued attention to detail, work ethic and consistent application throughout, along with my personable interviews apparently impressed the Award Examiners!
In January, I was overjoyed to learn that I had won this coveted award and thrilled to receive an invitation to collect it from HRH Prince Andrew himself at St James’ Palace on 16th March!
Disaster threatened to strike the night before, when my new trousers simply did not fit! Cool in a ‘crisis’, with attention to every detail essential, I teamed designer black jeans with new jacket, ready for the big event!
Taking the early train down to London, I arrived at the Palace in plenty of time for the 11.30am Award Ceremony which took place in a splendid room, one of many, opulent with crystal chandeliers, gold leaf, oil paintings and famous 500 year old fire place emblazoned with initials of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Briefed on arrival by a Palace Official, we advised how to address His Royal Highness, who met us all informally over morning coffee before the ceremony!
Waiting a little nervously with the other awardees for the arrival of Prince Andrew, I savoured every amazing moment, imprinting it on my mind. It was a wonderful occasion! A fantastic experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.