Tributes to ‘youth giant’ the Duke of Edinburgh
Youth work officials paid tribute to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died last Friday at the age of 99.
The 73-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday April 9, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Prince Philip founded the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) for boys in February 1956 with the aim of supporting the development of young men.
“In the post-war era, His Royal Highness wanted to bridge the gap between leaving formal education at age 15 and entering national service at age 18,” says the website of the charity DofE.
In 1957, the program was extended to girls with the DofE Award for 14 to 21 year olds launched in 1969.
One million young people started their prize in 1975.
It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the passing of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
– The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
In 2001, Prince Philip handed over the chairmanship of the trustees of the charity DofE to Sir Tom Farmer, but remained a patron until his death.
DofE has supported 6.7 million young people in the UK alone since its inception by the Duke of Edinburgh.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen, our President His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Royal Family at this time. pic.twitter.com/qEo0AdF3aK
– PrincesTrust (@PrincesTrust) April 9, 2021
The organization paid tribute to its patron on Twitter, saying: “It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, he will be sadly missed.”
DofE Executive Director Ruth Marvel said:“The Duke’s timeless vision for young people has never been more relevant or necessary. DofE has played a crucial role in helping young people survive and thrive despite the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, and we will continue to build on its legacy.
We were saddened to learn of the death of HRH Prince Philip, husband of our Patron Saint His Majesty the Queen. We keep his family in our thoughts at this time. pic.twitter.com/MxO3rah1F7
– Scouts (@UKScouting) April 9, 2021
“The Duke has been a longtime advocate for young people, believing in the potential of every individual and creating in DofE what he saw as a ‘do-it-yourself growth kit’. We are honored to continue the work of HRH, to ensure that all young people, especially those from marginalized groups, can benefit from the better educational outcomes, job prospects, community ties and improved mental health associated with DofE. .
Like many across the country, I extend my deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the whole @Royal family in their grief over the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. Its public heritage includes @DofE Prize that has allowed so many young people to gain self-confidence
– Mark Russell (@markrusselluk) April 9, 2021
The association calls on those who participated in the DofE to share their stories on its website.
Youth work officials also paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on social media.
Leigh Middleton, Executive Director of the National Youth Agency (NYA) wrote: “His Royal Highness Prince Phillip was a giant in the youth sector, who through the The DofE program has inspired and enabled millions of young people to learn, discover and collaborate to improve their lives and their communities. Our thoughts for all his family and those he inspired.
So sad to hear of the passing of our boss HRH The Duke of Edinburgh – he left an extraordinary legacy in the DofE Prize helping millions of young people in the UK and around the world to develop self-confidence. We will miss him. https://t.co/CPUKaEX3Jf
– Ruth Marvel (@ruthbmarvel) April 9, 2021
A statement from the NYA said: “We are saddened to learn of the news of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip has supported many young people through The Duke of Edinburgh’s program and will be sadly missed. Our hearts go out to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. “
National Education Union president Robin Bevan called for a “moment of reflection” to remember Prince Philip alongside teachers and school staff who died during the pandemic at the organization’s national conference then that the news of his death broke.
Speaking of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize, he told delegates: “These opportunities have transformed the lives of young people and this is one aspect of Prince Philip’s legacy that we must pay tribute to.