A MEDICAL student from Kidmore End was presented with her gold Duke of Edinburgh?s award by Prince Philip himself
A MEDICAL student from Kidmore End was presented with her gold Duke of Edinburgh?s award by Prince Philip himself.
Ailsa MacLean, 21, of Chalkhouse Green Road, attended a presentation ceremony at St James?s Palace in London.
She said: ?It was fantastic to step inside the beautiful palace and even more amazing to meet the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
?Prince Philip was so engaging and interested in all our stories. It was a pleasure to meet him and I had a very memorable day.?
Miss MacLean, a third year medical student at the University of Birmingham, began trying to qualify for the award while a pupil at Queen Anne?s School in Caversham, where she coached squash and volunteered at a care home for elderly people.
After leaving school, she completed a five-day group expedition in Wales, which involved jumping through bogs and navigating mountains while carrying a 20kg rucksack.
She was also a crew member on the Stavros S Niarchos tall ship and sailed from Tower Bridge in London to Brixham in Devon via the Channel Islands. The five-day trip included night watches and sleeping in a hammock.
Miss MacLean said: ?I really enjoyed all aspects of the award and found the whole process very rewarding.
?The expedition was particularly challenging but was also great fun and something I will always remember.?
Miss MacLean?s sister, Kirsty, 23, received her gold Duke of Edinburgh?s award last year.