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Gold Award Presentations are held once a year in Scotland in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  

The dates for the 2017 presentations have not beeen confirmed.  Please check back here in April.

You can find out more about attending the presentation in our information guide.

If you have achieved your Gold Award and would like further information please contact us on 0131 343 0920 or [email protected].

Essential ID

It is essential that anybody attending a Gold Award Presentation in Scotland brings along two forms of identification with them on the day of the presentation, one of which must be photographic.  If you are attending a presentation and do not possess two forms of identification, you must phone 0131 343 0920 before the event to let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next presentation in Edinburgh?
Presentations in Edinburgh take place once a year. The timings will be decided in 2017 and will be published here once they are confirmed. 

When should I return my reply form?
As quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. If you return your reply form late it is likely that you will not be able to attend the Presentation in Scotland this year. 

What happens if I don’t want to attend a presentation at all?
Please contact us on 0131 343 0920 and let them know. We can then arrange for your certificate to be sent in the post. They are issued every 4 months. 

How many presentations will I get invited to?
You will be invited to two presentations and if you are unable to attend both your certificate will be automatically sent to you in the post.

What happens if I want to attend a presentation at a different venue?
If you would like to attend a presentation at St James’s Palace, London please contact our GAP team in Windsor on 01753 727431 (Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00 ONLY). The average waiting time for this venue is 9 months. NB: there is little space at this venue so you are only able to bring one guest.

If you would like to attend a presentation at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast please contact our GAP team in Northern Ireland on 028 9069 9100 who will be able to give you more information about this event. NB: only Gold recipients who completed their DofE with the Northern Ireland region can attend this presentation.

What happens if I’m not available for the presentation Scotland this year?
Please contact us on [email protected] or 0131 343 0920 and let them know.

I haven’t received my Gold Badge/Brooch.
Please contact the centre you completed your DofE Award with. All badges are sent to them to give to recipients.

Is it essential for ladies to wear a hat?
No. It is not compulsory to wear a hat and it is also possible for ladies to wear a trouser suit.

Will refreshments be served?

No. As a Charity, The DofE does not have the capacity to provide refreshments for the hundreds of people who attend the Gold Award Presentations. You are permitted to bring a bottle of water with you into the Palace. 

Can I have an extra invitation?
No. Due to space restrictions Gold Award recipients are only allowed to be accompanied by two personal guests (Scotland only. Recipients being presented in London are only entitled to bring one personal guest). Also, all guests must be over the age of 16 years old.

How long does the ceremony last?
The Gold Award ceremony itself usually lasts one hour.

What time should I arrive?
The gates open three quarters of an hour before the ceremony begins and all participants and guests are asked to be in position fifteen minutes before the ceremony begins (see your admittance cards). Marshals will be assigned to each group to explain the arrangements.

Are there seats available?
Seating can be provided if necessary, please see one of your group marshals on arrival. For people with mobility difficulties, it is possible to drive a car to the entrance of the Palace for drop off and pick up, but for security reasons this must be arranged with us in advance of the presentation.

If you have any further queries regarding the presentation, please contact the DofE Scotland Office on 0131 343 0920 or GAPS[email protected].

Click here for Gold Award notification forms

2016 Gold Award Presentations in Scotland

A hearty congratulations goes out to all the Gold Award recipients who came to collect their certificates at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on the 4th and 6th of July. Nearly a thousand young people received their Gold Awards over the four presentations.

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Gold Award holders can order their photos on the Tempest website. You can find your GAP and eDofE ID numbers on your admittance card from the event, or contact us at [email protected] or 0131 343 0920.

Other photos can be found on our Facebook page.

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The Gold Award Hall of Fame lists all the young people who received their Gold Awards and information about each presenter. Visit the Hall of Fame to find out more.

The Presentations would not be possible without the volunteers who donate their time to the event. DofE Scotland would like to thank everyone who volunteered at the presentations, including marshals and presenters.

Our thanks also goes to Purvis Marquees who kindly donated the use of their marquees – they were much needed both afternoons when the weather turned wet.