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Earl of Wessex celebrates 50 years of The Duke of Edinburgh Award in Bermuda

The Earl of Wessex is currently in Bermuda where he is commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

On Friday, Prince Edward brought a light-hearted spirit to a formal visit this morning as the guest of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Bermuda. Bermuda has per capita, the most participation in the award scheme throughout the world.

The award is celebrating fifty years since it’s introduction in Bermuda. The Earl was greeted by participants and representatives from CedarBridge Academy, Mount Saint Agnes, and the Berkeley Institute greeted him. He interacted with all the students, laughing with them, but taking a keen interest in their participation and accomplishments in the award scheme.

He unveiled plaques at CedarBridge Academy and Mount Saint Agnes. He warned that unveilings were not very exciting, urging them to: “Pretend this is a very exciting moment … by making a lot of noise.”

They were more than accommodating of his request.

“Pretend this is a very exciting moment … by making a lot of noise.”
HRH The Earl of Wessex

While at CedarBridge Academy, the school band, played a rendition of Pharrell Williams song Happy when welcoming the Earl.

Other dignitaries were also on hand, including Governor John Rankin, the new Minister of Education, Cole Simons and Leah Scott, his junior minister.

During the presentation in the auditorium, long service awards were presented to school staff. Deputy principal, Chris Swan, and teacher Melanie Burrows have dedicated more than twenty years to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Award leader and Duke of Edinburgh national assessor Charlene White was presented with a ten-year long -service award for her countless hours of volunteering for the youth participating in the programme.

Prince Edward thanked Bermuda for inviting him to come and visit and said of the 50th anniversary: “It is quite a milestone — one that is certainly worth celebrating”.

He thanked the “volunteers who make it all happen and you”, pointing to the participants.

Before moving on to Saint Agnes where he participated in another ceremony for the Duke of Edinburgh award, Prince Edward was invited to sign a photograph which will hang in the school as a reminder to the students of his visit thereto commemorate the occasion.


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