Celebrating and promoting the best in UK prisons, probation and youth justice

HRH The Princess Royal

Presided over by our Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, since the Trust’s launch in 1985, the Annual Award Ceremony is the highlight of The Butler Trust’s year and a chance to celebrate the achievements of the inspirational #HiddenHeroes recognised through the Awards.


The Award Ceremony is normally held in St James’s Palace – The Princess’s London home and birthplace – in the presence of leading figures from across the UK criminal justice system. And after the formal presentations, Her Royal Highness and attendees have the chance to talk to our Award Winners and Commendees over afternoon tea.


The closure of the Royal Palaces as a result of Covid-19 meant we had to postpone our 2020 & 2021 events, although we held a virtual ceremony on the day of the 2020 event in place of being able to meet in person – and we will hold a joint event in 2022 (for our 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 cohorts), at a venue to be confirmed.

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