Princess Eugenie can’t contain giggles at Duke of Edinburgh Awards

What’s so funny Eugenie? Princess can’t contain her giggles as she meets young Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award recipients in a silk midi dress from her wedding dress designer with the Countess and Earl of Wessex

  • Princess Eugenie of York, 29, was full of giggles while talking with award winners
  • Countess of Wessex and Earl of Wessex also at event held at Buckingham Palace 
  • Famous faces such as dancer Darcey Bussell and singer Marvin Humes also there

Princess Eugenie of York appeared to be having a ball as she met the young recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. 

Eugenie, 29, had to cover her mouth as she laughed with guests in the Buckingham Palace garden today.

The Princess, who is 10th in line to the throne, wore a stunning two-tone dress from her wedding dress designer Peter Pilotto, which she paired with silver studded heels.

Also at the event was the Earl and Countess of Wessex who equally appeared to be enjoying the celebration.

Princess Eugenie, pictured wearing a dress from her wedding dress designer Peter Pilotto, appeared to have been entertained by one of the award recipients while at the Duke of Edinburgh event in London today

Sophie, right, spoke with Dame Darcey Bussell during the celebrations at Buckingham Palace

The Earl of Wessex was in good spirits and accessorised his smart suit with a white summer hat

Sophie, 54, wore a £895 black floral-patterned dress from designer Suzannah with long sleeves at the award presentations for her father-in-law’s youth programme. 

During the event she was spotted chatting to former ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Darcey Bussell. 

Darcey looked stylish in a red maxi dress adorned with a floral pattern and black wedge shoes. She also donned a pair of sunglasses for the outside event. 

Not wanting to be outshone by the royal ladies, the Duke of Edinburgh’s son the Earl of Wessex made sure to look his best.

Something certainly tickled Princess Eugenie, right, while at the event and she had to cover her mouth along with one of the young guests

The Princess, pictured, couldn’t stop smiling and was very animated while talking to the young recipients in the palace garden

Princess Eugenie also spoke with Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba and his wife Portia

The Earl of Wessex appeared to be in good spirits as he met with young recipients of the award set up by his father the Duke of Edinburgh

He was seen accessorising his smart black suit with a purple tie and summer hat – which he later took off and appeared to throw into the air. 

Three thousand young people attended the palace gardens today in two groups to collect their gold awards.  

Achieving the award means having the ‘skills, determination and mentality to really succeed’ according to the Duke of Edinburgh Award website. 

Princess Eugenie of York, left, posed for a photograph with Marvin Humes, right, at the event

The Countess of Wessex, right, spoke with Dame Darcey Bussell at the event in London today

Princess Eugenie, pictured, did a thumbs up while meeting young recipients of the award

Among the famous faces at the celebrations today were Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba and his wife Portia.

Singer Marvin Humes, who was wearing a black suit, was also seen posing for a photograph with Princess Eugenie today. 

Princess Eugenie, who was wearing a £1,900 high-neck sleeveless silk blend midi dress, made sure to speak with several award recipients and even gave a thumbs up.

The young recipients listened attentively to the Earl of Wessex during the presentations 

Sophie, Edward and Eugenie, pictured left to right, looked more serious before going into the garden to speak with the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award recipients 

Princess Eugenie, pictured, wore a pair of silver studded heels with her sleeveless dress today

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh award is the highest level of the scheme and open to young people over the age of 16.

There are four sections; volunteering, physical and skills, expedition and residential, and all have to be completed within a set amount of time. 

The Duke of Edinburgh created the programme in 1956. It was based on Kurt Hahn’s Moray Badge, run by him while he was Headmaster at Gordonstoun School, where Prince Philip and his son Prince Charles were educated.

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