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urther to the statement issued by Buckingham Palace regarding HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s decision no longer to carry out public engagements from autumn this year:

Since founding the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956 The Duke has worked tirelessly to enable millions of young people to have the opportunity to transform their lives through participation in the Award.

HRH has been actively involved with the Charity for the last 61 years as its Founder and Patron. He has attended more than 500 Gold Award Presentations in the United Kingdom alone and the Award now operates in more than 140 countries and territories.

We remain immensely grateful to HRH for his continued Patronage and send him our thanks and good wishes as he prepares to step down from public engagements over the coming months.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is growing year on year, under the Chairmanship of HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, with over one million young people doing their Award worldwide. We would like to thank HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for his direction and support in creating the world’s leading youth achievement award.


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Notes to Editors:

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award
  • The Award, with its instantly recognisable levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold, is voluntary, non-competitive and available to anyone aged 14–24. It is about individual challenge.
  • The Award is delivered around the world by schools, colleges, universities, employers, social clubs, uniformed and non-uniformed youth organisations, young offenders’ institutions, religious organisations, sports clubs, and a whole host of other civic organisations.
  • Young people design their own Award programme, set their own goals and record their own progress. They choose a Service, Physical Recreation, Skills activity, go on an Adventurous Journey and, to achieve a Gold Award, take part in a Residential Project. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.
  • Outside the UK, the Award is known by a variety of titles, including the President’s Award, the National Youth Achievement Award and the Head of State Award; the umbrella term for all of these programmes is The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Whilst the names of individual operating authorities often differ from nation to nation, the Award and its unique reputation with employers, policy makers and influential leaders remains unchanged and consistent.
  • Since its launch over 60 years ago, millions of young people have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefiting from its impact in communities around the world.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh`s International Award Foundation is a registered charity in England and Wales (1072453). The Foundation’s headquarters are in London and it has regional offices in the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific and EMAS (Europe, Mediterranean and Arab States). Further background information is available within the Foundation’s media pack available via
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