This month Prince Edward will visit Germany and Czechia in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award activities

Prince Edward, Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, will undertake a visit to Germany and the Czech Republic next week, to meet Award participants and adult volunteers who support the Award’s delivery, in both countries.  


His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Berlin, Germany, to celebrate young Award participants and holders. During his visit and together with the Federal Minister of Education, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Berlin Senator for Education and KMK President Katharina Günther-Wünsch, The Duke will visit a school in Berlin-Wedding that runs the Award programme. He will then present 90 Award holders with their certificates in the James Simon Gallery to recognise their achievements. There he will also meet the Governing Mayor of Berlin Kai Wegner. It is the first time that this ceremony will be held under the Patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin.

The National Award Office in Germany is based in Berlin. Currently, more than 3,000 young people participate in the Award nationwide. 


His Royal Highness will also visit the Czech Republic for the first time in five years. Arriving in Prague, Czechia, on Tuesday 23 May at the invitation of Jiri Zrust, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award in the Czech Republic – a busy and enriching schedule awaits him. His time will be dedicated mainly to supporting young people, teachers and also schools involved in DofE activities, with a particular focus on promoting ecology and sustainability.

The Duke of Edinburgh will arrive at Prague Central Station on Tuesday afternoon. His first steps will be to meet Award participants at the UK Embassy, where he will also be greeted by DofE’s Executive Director Tomáš Vokáč and the British Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Matthew Field, before continuing the rest of his visit.


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.
  • 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.
  • From running as an established programme in a blind boys’ academy in India, to the introduction into youth organisations in Israel; the Award’s framework can support and thrive in a multitude of different environments.
  • 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 Earl of Wessex is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.