Barbadians Charlee Gittens and Jade Gibbons were presented with the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by Britain’s Prince Harry this morning.
A select group of dignitaries, including Senator Sir Trevor Carmichael, Sir Paul Altman, trustees and members of the National Council of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, attended the presentation at Government House.
For Gibbons, it was sweet reward for nine years of hard work, most of which she said was done in Trinidad under gruelling conditions.
She recommended the programme, describing it as a “fantastic opportunity, to go to foreign locations, to give back to the community and to develop yourself as a person”.
“It was fun meeting Prince Harry,” Gibbons stated, who she was particularly happy about being presented with the award by the member of the British royal family.
Meanwhile, Gittens said she had spent about seven years working on the programme in Barbados.
After the presentation the two awardees posed for an official photograph with Prince Harry and the Governor General under a large framed portrait of the prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
It was a busy morning for Prince Harry who arrived at Government House in pouring rain with water drenching the green lawns.
Following the awards he met with Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, before attending a luncheon with dignitaries, including Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the members of his Cabinet, and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley.