DELIGHTED students picked up their deserving Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards at an opulent awards ceremony on Monday (May 13).

Seven students from Charters School in Sunningdale travelled to Buckingham Palace to receive their Gold DofE awards.

The awards were created in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and requires young adults to complete a Physical and Skills section.

Students spent 12 months volunteering and endured a four day expedition in the 'wild country'.

Richard Pilgrim, headteacher at Charters School, said: "We are all extremely proud of our Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Scheme students who received their Award from Sophie of Wessex at Buckingham Palace.

"Charters has a long history of promoting outdoor adventure at its centre in Tyr Abad, Breacon Beacons and it is wonderful to see our students progress and achieve success at the highest level."

As well as the lengthy challenges, students at to complete a five-day residential placement.

Youngsters have until their 25th birthday to complete the Gold award, however all seven of the Charters students completed this before expected.