Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has honoured the life of Prince Philip in a speech to Parliament on Monday and joined members across the House in highlighting the legacy of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Tributes to the Prince have been given, both here in the UK and from abroad, since the news of his death broke on Friday morning. Described by the Queen as her “strength and stay”, they had been married for 73 years.
As consort, the Duke had no constitutional position, but found himself a role. The Duke of Edinburgh Award was founded by Prince Philip in 1956, aiming to give young people a chance to discover their abilities for themselves.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“When thinking about Prince Philip’s legacy, one must think of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. I am sure that the Queen and the Royal Family will look back on the success of what started as a small idea in the 1950s and marvel at what has been achieved.”
“I was privileged during my four and a half years as a local government Cabinet member, to meet young people who’d achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. The Duke of Edinburgh Award gave young people from deprived communities important opportunities to learn, develop and achieve.
“I remember speaking to parents who told me that the Duke of Edinburgh Award had inspired their children to go to University. This will be the enduring legacy of Prince Philip.”
Chris is encouraging anyone who participated in the award, to add their story to a collection being built on the official site both to recognise the Duke’s incredible achievement and to help encourage new generations to take part. You can add your memories or find out more about taking part in the scheme at dofe.org.