A LLANDUDNO Junction 18 year old has been presented with the Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award at a Buckingham Palace garden party.

Alice Jones is a member of 8th Llandudno Rangers and a former pupil of Ysgol y Gogarth. She was presented with her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award by Iwan Thomas MBE.

North Wales Pioneer: Alice with her award during the garden partyAlice with her award during the garden party

Iwan Thomas is a former European and Commonwealth Games Champion, and has represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Olympic Games in the 400m and Wales in the Commonwealth Games.

Princess Beatrice chatted to Alice about what she had done for the five sections of the award, volunteering, skills, physical, expedition and residential, as well as their mutual love of horses.

While at Buckingham Place Alice had an opportunity to visit the Royal stables and see some of the horses which appear on state occasions and the golden Coronation Coach.