HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to retire from public engagements

04 May 2017

Further to the statement issued by Buckingham Palace this morning regarding HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s decision to no longer carry out public engagements from autumn this year:

Since founding The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) in 1956 The Duke has worked tirelessly to enable millions of young people to have the opportunity to transform their lives through the DofE.

HRH has been actively involved with the Charity for the last 61 years as its Patron and has attended over 500 Gold Award Presentations.

We respect HRH’s decision no longer to carry out public engagements from autumn this year and are grateful for his continued Patronage.

The DofE is growing year on year, with over 400,000 young people doing their DofE throughout the UK at any one time. We would like to thank HRH for his direction and support in creating the world’s leading youth achievement award.


Notes to editors – figures correct as of 2015-16 stats

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award that develops young people for life and work every year in the UK.  Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is currently being delivered in 13,218 DofE centres, supported by 1,800 partner organisations and approximately 50,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.

In total, over 5.8 million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.5 million Awards since 1956. In 2015/2016, 119,892 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE is supported by UK employers including Amey, British Gas, Heathrow and RSM who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales, No 1072453. There are more than one million young people currently participating globally in more than 141 countries and territories.

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