Treloar's invited to Buckingham Palace to help celebrate HRH The Countess of Wessex's cycling challenge completion

Sept. 28, 2016, 3:47 p.m.

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Treloar’s Royal Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO, completed a 450-mile cycling challenge from Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace on this past Sunday and Treloar’s was privileged to be invited to be part of HRH’s welcoming party at Buckingham Palace. As she approached, the gates to Buckingham Palace opened, the security barrier lowered, the band started to play Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke and the crowd cheered.

The Countess and her team began the ride on Monday at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland and raised more than £180,000 for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Diamond Challenge was launched where people carry out "once-in-a-lifetime" challenges to raise funds for the award programme this year.

Before her palace-to-palace bike ride, the countess said her only prior experience of cycling had been with her children and "never for more than the odd hour". On the toughest days, she cycled more than 80 miles and spent at least five hours on the saddle. The Countess commented that the final mile along the Mall was "really special", adding it was "overwhelming" to see so many people. She then spent 45 minutes or so chatting and mingling with the invited guests and press to promote the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.