LONDON: The Earl and the Countess of Wessex visited Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Southall on Thursday.

The visit was to celebrates the registration of Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara as a licenced centre capable of delivering Duke of Edinburgh Awards to youth at the Gurdwara aged between 14-24 years old.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a youth awards programme founded by HRH The Duke of Edingburgh in 1956.Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Southall is believed to be the first Gurdwara in the United Kingdom licensed to provide Duke of Edinburgh awards to adolescents and young adults in recognition of their completion of a series of self-improvement exercises.

Both Prince Edward and Sophie took a tour of the historic Gurdwara meeting with members of the congregation and management committee.

The tour was followed by the Countess joining members of the congregation to partake in preparation of the Langar, the community kitchen which serves visitor to the Gurdwara with a free vegetarian meal all year round irrespective of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity.


Speaking at the event, Sikh Channel CEO Davinder Singh Bal stated “This is a tremendous and forward thinking achievement by the management committee and Sangat at Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall which will significantly benefit youngsters in their future studies and careers. It’s also fantastic to see that the Earl and Countess of Wessex have attended today, participated in Seva and recognised the accomplishment.”