Pupils from an Aberdeen school had the chance to chat with royalty as part of an awards ceremony.
Lucky primary five and six children from Woodside Primary School were offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the Duke of Cambridge for the prestigious Prince William Award graduation event.
The Woodside pupils – Emma Milne, Kenzie Maver, Fraser Nicoll-Smith and Derryn Johnstone – were among 150 children to attend the special event in Birmingham.
The ceremony, which celebrates the education accolade in Prince William’s name, was hosted by actor David Walliams, who took time to talk to the children.
Delivered by the charity SkillForce, the gong aims to help children and young people aged 6-14 in developing vital life skills including confidence, resilience and self-belief.
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The pupils were rewarded for their participation in the 36-week programme, which focuses on character development through a range of practical and classroom-based activities.
Head teacher Alison Cook said: “We were thrilled to be invited to the Prince William Award graduation event.
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our children and has made their participation in the programme mean even more to them.
“It was a fantastic day.
“We were lucky enough to have the duke visit our table and he chatted to the children. They were excited to meet him.
“He talked to them about their involvement in the award and encouraged them to always try to do their best.”
Derryn, 10, was asked by the duke what she felt she had learned from doing the Prince William Award at school, to which she replied: “I never used to listen to my mum but through doing the award I now know how important it is to listen to others.”
Teacher Louise Clarke added: “Woodside is a diverse school with a range of children from different backgrounds. It was difficult to pick just four to come with us.
“The experience of the visit itself is wonderful as we got to travel on a plane to get there and for some of our children, that’s an opportunity they have never been given before.
“These four children have shown great enthusiasm for the programme as they have taken part in the different activities and built on their skills both independently and as part of a group.
“They have not only encouraged others along the way but have also ‘dared to be their best selves’ – a key motto of the award.”
Launched in 2017, the Prince William Award already runs in more than 200 schools across the UK and has been delivered to 7,500 pupils.
Speaking at the event, Prince William said: “No child should ever have to feel like a failure, yet sadly, so many do. But if we work together, we can find answers to the problems faced by this generation.
“I believe The Prince William Award, this unique programme delivered by SkillForce in partnership with schools, can be one of those answers.”
SkillForce uses predominantly ex-service personnel as instructors, who are able to inspire and teach pupils by drawing on their own life and career experience, courage and knowledge.