Next month, Prince Edward will visit Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and Indonesia in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Asia-Pacific activities

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, will undertake a visit in Asia-Pacific in November 2023, to meet Award participants and adult volunteers who support the Award’s delivery, in three countries. 


On 14 November The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the Commonwealth Games Federation’s General Assembly in Singapore. His Royal Highness, who is Vice-Patron of the Federation, will meet with representatives of the 72 members of the Commonwealth Sport Movement and hear about recent Games and Sport for Development initiatives.

Aotearoa New Zealand

On 16 November The Duke of Edinburgh will begin the visit in Aotearoa New Zealand where The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award is celebrating its 60th anniversary. HRH will meet Award participants and volunteers in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and take part in Award activities, including tree planting and joining an expedition aboard a ship.


On 20 November, His Royal Highness will arrive in Sydney to visit various Award Centres, engage in meetings on non-formal education and learning and on youth engagement in emergency volunteering, He will also celebrate dedicated Duke of Ed Volunteers at a special ceremony, presenting them with long service medals.


On 24 November, His Royal Highness will visit Jakarta in support of the Award in Indonesia, where it was first introduced in 1993. He will celebrate Award holders, meet Alumni and see the Award in action at the British School Jakarta.



About The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global, non-formal education and learning framework which challenges young people to develop new skills, get physically active, learn about teamwork and leadership through Adventurous Journey and volunteer within their community.
  • The Award in Aotearoa New Zealand started in 1963 and since then, more than 250,000 young people have been involved. Since 2009, the Award has been known as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award – reflecting the significant achievements of both its Founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Sir Edmund Hillary, one of New Zealand’s great adventurers.
  • The Award in Australia was started in 1959. Over 800,000 young people have participated the Award in Australia since it began. The Award is referred to locally as the Duke of Ed in Australia.
  • The Award in Indonesia was first established in 1993 – and has been known as various names over the years. In 2019, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Indonesia was established as a National Award Operator. More than 30,000 young people in Indonesia have taken part in the Award.
  • It was founded by HRH The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, in conjunction with German educationalist Kurt Hahn.
  • It is known by a range of different names around the world – including The President’s Award in Kenya, DofE in the UK, The International Award for Young People in India and Mednarodno priznanje za mlade (MEPI) in Slovenia.
  • There are currently more than a million young people completing their own unique Award programme, via hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators, including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offenders’ institutions.
  • 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.
  • Since its launch over 60 years ago, millions of young people have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefitting from its impact in communities around the world.
  • HRH The Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh is Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.


Contact details:

Marianna Davis, Director of Communications

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