The Duke of Edinburgh

A message from our Chief Executive:

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was an extraordinary man. Since his passing on Friday the tributes we have seen across the media have highlighted aspects of his life and achievements that were unknown to many.

He spent much of his life dedicated to improving the lives of young people, supporting science and engineering, protecting nature and the environment, and promoting sport.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award which he set up in the 1950s has changed the lives of many young people. Inspired by his school days and the approaches used by his headmaster, the programme is designed to equip and empower young people from all communities to build self-esteem, skills, confidence, and resilience they need to make the most out of life.

Over eight million people have taken part, and in recent days many have spoken of the life-changing impact it has had. The programme has saved people from falling through the cracks and given them the tools to improve their lives with the addition of their own efforts and determination.

Prince Philip went on to serve in public duty until the age of 96, supporting over 750 charities and having completed 22,219 solo engagements, not to mention those accompanying the Queen. Last year he came out of his retirement to thank key workers for their vital efforts in the battle against coronavirus, paying particular attention to care workers and other roles little recognised by society.

Likely shaped by the uncertainty of his own childhood and the qualities he is known for, there is a common theme in much of Prince Philip’s work; providing opportunities for people to improve their lives with particular emphasis on the qualities of self-support, determination and resilience. Thank you for your service and making a difference to the lives of others.

If you would like to pay your respects, you can leave a message of condolence here.

Our thoughts go out to Her Majesty The Queen and the entire Royal family.

Jas Bains MBE