Prince Philip passes Outward Bound Trust patronage to Prince Andrew after interviewing him for the job
The Duke of Edinburgh has handed over his patronage of the Outward Bound Trust to his son, the Duke of York, it has been announced. Prince Philip has given more than 65 years of service and personal commitment to the educational charity, known for its character-building outdoor adventures. The 97-year-old duke had remained its patron despite stepping down from public service in 2017, but has now passed the responsibility on to his third child, Prince Andrew. The Duke of York disclosed he had been interviewed by his father when a position opened up on the board of trustees years ago, with a view to him one day taking over the patronage. Princess Beatrice, his daughter, has now also been elected to the board as a trustee.
The Duke of York, who has been chairman of the board of trustees since 1999, said: “It is an enormous privilege to take up this appointment of patron from my father, who has been a stalwart supporter of the Trust and its work since it was founded in 1941. “I was interviewed by my father for a position on the board of Trustees before I was appointed and I knew from the outset his intent. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and rewards of guiding the Trust these past few years and with the wise counsel and guidance from my father”. The patronage is one of just a small handful handed over by the Duke to his family since his retirement. In 2016, the Duchess of Cornwall took over the role at Friends of the Royal Academy in 2016, and in 2018, the Prince of Wales became patron of the Royal College of Art.
The Duke of Edinburgh still has 773 active affiliations.
He became patron of the Outward Bound Trust in 1953, which was set up by his mentor and headmaster, education-alist Dr Kurt Hahn in 1941. Both men were also instrumental in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The Duke’s active involvement is seen as pivotal in taking Outward Bound’s mission to more than 30 countries worldwide, helping more than a million young people to participate in outdoor learning programmes designed to develop character, self-belief and resilience. Nick Barrett, chief executive of The Outward Bound Trust, said: “Both The Outward Bound Trust and The Duke of Edinburgh Award programme have helped instil purpose, resilience, a sense of adventure and fun in millions of young people in the UK and many countries overseas. “The Duke of Edinburgh has always stayed remarkably close to our charity. “His Royal Highness has advised and challenged the board, but also engaged brilliantly and directly when meeting with the young people who have benefited from our programmes. “The Duke of Edinburgh’s involvement has gone far beyond any mere call of duty. We are immensely thankful but also stronger for all his intelligent and thoughtful direction and interventions”
Prince Andrew will be succeeded as chairman by Charles Phillips, the charity said.