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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Prince Philip was interested in the education of young people, especially relating to sport, outdoor pursuits and adventurous activities. His best-known and widest reaching legacy for young people is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This was instituted by Prince Philip in 1956 at the suggestion of his former headmaster at Gordonstoun, Kurt Hahn. The Award has Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, and Prince Philip regularly presented Gold Awards to recipients in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Prince Philip was Chairman of the award until 2001 and Patron until his death. The Award, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, are now the world’s leading youth achievement award for young people aged 14–24.