Prince Edward takes over Prince Philip’s London Youth patronage

The Earl of Wessex has taken over from one of his father’s patronages, London Youth – and has presented the charity’s 2020 Prince Philip Award to London Funders.

The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 56 – who has two children Lady Louise and James, 16, Viscount Severn, 12, with wife Sophie Wessex – has taken on a new patronage on behalf of Prince Philip, 99, following his retirement from royal duties. 

In a video shared to the Royal Family Twitter page, the Earl of Wessex, could be seen taking on his first role as patron as he praised the work of London Funders who have supported London Youth’s services and clubs for young people, enabling them to stay open and operational during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The royal says: ‘We believe London Funders are worthy recipients of this year’s Prince Philip award. 

In a clip shared to the Royal Family Twitter account, the Earl of Wessex could be seen presenting the charity's 2020 Prince Philip Award to London Funders

In a clip shared to the Royal Family Twitter account, the Earl of Wessex could be seen presenting the charity’s 2020 Prince Philip Award to London Funders

Alongside the video, the caption read: 'London Funders have supported @LondonYouth's services and clubs for young people, enabling them to stay open and operational during the Covid-19 pandemic' (pictured)

Alongside the video, the caption read: ‘London Funders have supported @LondonYouth’s services and clubs for young people, enabling them to stay open and operational during the Covid-19 pandemic’ (pictured)

‘It is not just to recognise their support but also our way of expressing our heartfelt thanks to all the funders.

‘Never ever underestimate what your support means and how much it is appreciated.’

Alongside the video, the caption read: ‘The Earl of Wessex, Patron, @London Yout, today presented the charity’s 2020 Prince Philip Award to London Funders.

London Youth, which was originally known as the London Federation of Boys’ Clubs, is the first charity the Duke of Edinburgh ever became patron of.

Prince Edward (pictured) praised the work of London Funders, who have supported @LondonYouth's services and clubs for young people, enabling them to stay open and operational during the Covid-19 pandemic

Prince Edward (pictured) praised the work of London Funders, who have supported @LondonYouth’s services and clubs for young people, enabling them to stay open and operational during the Covid-19 pandemic

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, where The Queen and the Duke are returning together, ready for England's second national lockdow

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, where The Queen and the Duke are returning together, ready for England’s second national lockdow

The organisation is a network of more than 300 community youth organisations that support people across the capital, and the Duke took on the role of patron in 1947.

At the time Prince Philip announced his own retirement from royal duties after a secret emergency meeting in 2017, Buckingham Palace released a statement and said: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen.

‘The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements’. 

The Duke’s retirement marked the end of an extraordinary lifetime’s service to the country.

He carried out more than 22,000 solo engagements in his long career and given more than 5,000 speeches – but there were also many thousands of other duties he carried out behind the scenes since 1947.

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