The Palace Awards ceremony is an annual spring event, historically held at Buckingham Palace or St James’s Palace.

The ceremony is the culmination of three different awards schemes: The Prince Philip Medal, the President’s Award and the Livery Company Awards.

The awards come together with a common purpose – to recognise and reward learners and tutors who have achieved excellence as a result of the City and Guilds of London Institute qualifications.

Applications for all the awards are through internal nomination and shortlisting processes.

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The ceremony

We invite recipients to attend the exclusive ceremony, where they are presented with their awards, medals, certificates or cheques. 

The Awards

The Prince Philip Medal

Established in 1962 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince Philip Medal champions the journey progression between training and achieving outstanding career success.

It is awarded to an individual who has displayed outstanding achievement in their career, or who has demonstrated excellence in their workplace. In HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's own words, recipients must have 'walked the City & Guilds path' by starting, or furthering their career with City & Guilds qualifications.

One Prince Philip Medal is awarded annually. Runners-up receive the Highly Commended Certificate.

Candidates are nominated internally by City & Guilds stakeholders. The selection process is also internal.

The President's Award

The President's Award was first presented in 2003 in recognition of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 50 years as President of The City and Guilds of London Institute. It honours tutors who have excelled in delivering City & Guilds qualifications.

The President’s Award cannot be applied for – the recipient of the annual award is chosen from a shortlist by HRH The Princess Royal, the current President of The City and Guilds of London Institute.

This shortlist of candidates is compiled purely from the highest scoring tutors from a different award scheme – Medals for Excellence.

Medals for Excellence

Medals for Excellence is an integral part of the City & Guilds Group Awards Programmes. It honours excellence in learning and tutoring, and its recipients are then shortlisted for consideration in number of other awards – including the President’s Award.


Although the President’s Award cannot be applied for, training centres can nominate directly for Medals for Excellence.


Find out more about Medals for Excellence, including how to nominate.

The Livery Company Awards

A number of the Livery Companies of the City of London present prizes to recognise and reward learners and tutors who have excelled while working towards one of our qualifications.

In 2012, the Livery Company Awards became part of the Palace Awards ceremony.

As with the other awards, the Livery Company prizes cannot be applied for. Recipients are selected through either of two routes:

  1. Selection: outstanding learners and tutors are selected by each participating Livery Company from within their particular craft or industry
  2. Shortlist: a shortlist of candidates is compiled for each Livery Company from Medals for Excellence recipients. Candidates have studied, or delivered, a qualification relevant to the awarding Livery Company. The Livery Companies use these shortlists to choose their award recipients.

Our President, HRH The Princess Royal

The Palace Awards and HRH The Princess Royal

At the 2015 ceremony, Her Royal Highness closed the proceedings by congratulating the award winners on their success and underlining the importance of vocational education, apprenticeships and technical training to the UK. After the ceremony, award holders enjoyed afternoon tea at the Palace, while the Princess spent time talking with them.

Can I apply or nominate?

Applications and nominations are not accepted for any of the Palace Awards. The process in each case is internal, involving nomination by City & Guilds Group stakeholders or progression through the Medals for Excellence awards scheme.

Find out more about Medals for Excellence including how to nominate.

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Paul Kitching

Owner of a Michelin star restaurant and former winner of the Prince Philip Medal 2012

“I am so happy to be named the Prince Philip Medal winner by HRH The Princess Royal, and to be recognised for what I have achieved – this is undoubtedly the high point of my career.

There are so many great chefs out there so it’s an honour to receive this award. It’s a real sign of how far I’ve come since starting out with my City & Guilds qualification over 25 years ago! It took a lot of time, dedication and perseverance to get here, but it just goes to show that if I can follow my dream and succeed, anyone can!”





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