A North Walsham teenager had a royal date earlier this month when she travelled to London to collect her Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) gold award.

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Charlotte Bacon, 18, of Poppy Close, was among hundreds of young achievers from across the UK to receive her award from Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, at St James’s Palace.

Charlotte, who had already gained her bronze and silver awards, worked for gold over 12 months while a pupil at Hethersett Old Hall School.

Her diverse activities included swimming, tennis, reading, a residential trip to Walsingham youth pilgrimage, and becoming a leader and helping to run a youth group in St Nicholas’s Church, North Walsham.

This was on top of the gruelling practise and actual DofE expedition which were both over five days in Wales.

Charlotte also helped put a project together on bio-diversity, research undertaken on the expedition itself.

Throughout her DofE, Charlotte was able to prove herself to be compassionate and a great team member, leader, and decision-maker.

She found the expedition experience both physically and mentally challenging but said the feeling of achievement at the end made it more than worthwhile.

“We have all become closer as friends despite learning each other’s most annoying habits when cooped up together in a tent,” she added, thanking the leaders who had supported her on the award course.

While at the palace, Charlotte caused everyone in the room to burst out laughing when the Prince asked who had travelled overseas as part of their award work. Charlotte jokingly replied that they had gone to Wales.

Charlotte’s gold award helped her gain a place at the University of Kent to study English literature and philosophy.

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