HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Further 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.  

We wish to extend our congratulations to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on a well-deserved retirement. We are deeply grateful to the Prince for setting up the Award in 1956, and for his years of service in support of youth.

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, and the Award now operates in more than 140 countries and territories.

In 2016 alone, the Duke of Edinburgh provided 110 days of engagement, making him the fifth busiest person in the Royal family.

Congratulations once again, Prince Philip, from your Duke of Ed family. We are looking forward to carrying on your legacy, as we work to contribute to the growth of youth in Canada and across the globe.

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For more information please visit:                               


Victoria Selano
National Director Marketing & Program
416-203-0674 ext 2003

Additional Information for Editors

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.

  • The Award, with its instantly recognizable levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold, is voluntary, non-competitive, individual challenge available to anyone aged 14–24.

  • The Award is delivered in 140 countries around the world by schools, colleges, universities, employers, social clubs, uniformed and non-uniformed youth organizations, young offenders’ institutions, religious organizations, sports clubs, and a whole host of other civic organizations.

  • Young people design their own Award program, 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.

  • Over 51,123 young Canadians are currently participating in the Award Program.

  • Last year over 10,424 young people in Canada started The Award for the first time, and over 4,590 young people achieved their Award. 

  • The Duke of Edinburgh`s International Award Foundation is a registered charity in Canada (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