A student from Elstree was presented his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award this week.

Chiloong Wong-Morrow, 19, of Barham Avenue, Elstree, was given his award by the Duke of Edinburgh himself at a ceremony at St James Palace in London yesterday.

The gold award is given to those who show commitment and persistence in activities such as volunteer work in the community and sporting skills.

Chiloong, who is currently studying economics at the University of London, was joined by his father Dr Peter Wong-Morrow who received the gold award from His Royal Highness Prince Phillip 38 years ago.

The former pupil of Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School said: “The whole challenge was amazing and I really enjoyed all of it.

“It was such an honour to get the award from the Duke of Edinburgh especially considering he also gave the gold award to my father.

“My father getting the award inspired me to take on the challenge, but I mainly did it because I love pushing and testing myself.”

Chiloong had to take on a number of challenges including an 80km hike in the Yorkshire Dales and also helping writing a computer programme for a local company.