Sergeant Wharrick’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh Ceremony
After countless days of hard work, Whitby Squadron’s Sergeant Wharrick
travelled to Buckingham Palace to accept her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
The event took place on Thursday 17 May, where over 2000 award
holders travelled from all over the country to accept the most prestigious
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and also get the chance to meet Royals and
“It’s not every day that you get to visit Buckingham palace, meet the
Royals and celebrities, but it just shows how rewarding the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award is.
On the 17th of May I went along to Buckingham Palace to celebrate my
Gold achievements and receive my award. Over 2000 award holders
gathered from across the country and from a wide range of groups, along
with former Whitby Air Cadet Kerryn Atkinson.
The event took place in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, where we had
time to explore and take in the lovely views before gathering in our groups
ready for HRH Princess Royal. Princess Anne came to speak to us about
what we got up to during the award and was surprised to hear about my
expedition in Bavaria.
Many celebrities were around throughout the day and each one presented a
group with their certificates. World champion and Olympic rower Jonathan
Walton presented my award.
What an unforgettable and proud day we had!”
- Sergeant Wharrick 740 Whitby Squadron
It was definitely a successful and proud day for Sergeant Wharrick, the
squadron and the other award holders from around the country. We hope
to see more of our cadets take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in