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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,

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In tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s lasting legacy, we’re asking people around the world who have done their Award to share their personal stories, creating the first-ever global collection of Award memories. The stories will be used to celebrate our Founder and to inspire more young people to discover their potential and be ready for the world.

As a global Award family, we are deeply saddened by the death of our Founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT. A committed champion of young people; His Royal Highness leaves the world and its young people with an extraordinary legacy.

When the first trial of the Award was launched in 1942, no one had any idea quite what would happen. In the event, it was an instant success, and the Award has been growing and expanding worldwide ever since.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT

Pioneering a new approach to young people’s development

The Duke of Edinburgh’s unwavering commitment to young people began in 1956, when The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was established. Developed as a ‘toolkit for life’ for British boys; within 18 months the Award was available to girls as well. It continued to gain momentum and by the early 1970s, it was operating in more than 30 countries.

The Duke in South Africa

An Award with a growing worldwide impact

The Award is now a cornerstone of non-formal education and learning, with more than a million young people involved, in 130+ countries and territories around the world. For more than sixty years, millions of young people have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefiting from its impact in communities around the world.

The Award: A brief history

The timeline below briefly charts the course of the Award and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s involvement with it since its inception in 1956 right up to our 60th Anniversary in 2016.

Prince Philip's passion for, and commitment to, the work of the Award and the development of young people continued until the last and he remained actively engaged in the Award's activities. His determination, energy and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

John May OBE DL, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
HRH Prince Philip presents the Silver Award to Cecil Grant (second from left). Cecil was the first Award holder in Barbados. To his right is Scout Master, Deighton Maynard, and to the left of the photo is Major Lawrence Quintyne. The Presentation took place at the Barbados Parliament.

An outstanding legacy

From the beginning, His Royal Highness had been steadfast in his commitment to the Award and its work with young people around the world.

The global Award family is dedicated to ensuring that The Duke of Edinburgh’s legacy will continue to grow – and in doing so, champion and challenge young people from all corners of the globe – for many years to come.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh leaves us not just with the memory of the man, but with a legacy. And the Award is his living memorial. His Royal Highness has impacted upon and taken to great heights his life's work. We all owe him a massive sense of gratitude.

The Rt Hon The Lord Boateng PC DL, Chair of International Council