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The Earl Of Wessex To Visit USA For Charity Award, Royal Gala

The Earl of Wessex will be in the United States on May 23 to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award ceremony in Tennessee, the first ever in the state.

The visit will occur days after Prince Harry’s USA tour, as Royal Central reported last month.

The award ceremony will occur during the day at Tennessee’s capital city of Nashville.

Later that evening, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and the Queen’s youngest son, will attend a black tie Royal gala to benefit the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, according to a news release.

Hosted by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, at the newly-renovated Tennessee Residence, The Earl of Wessex, 49, will recognize Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recipients from Award partners including Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee; Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee; Montgomery Bell Academy; LEAD Academy; and the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.

The Royal gala will take place at Montgomery Bell Academy, attended by local leaders including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and his wife, Anne Davis.


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Founded by Prince Edward’s father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides self-development programs to over 8 million young adults in 140 countries. The charity program in the US started in 2007 and currently operates in 30 states.

“The Award program aims to develop one’s entire self, creating responsible and experienced citizens and encouraging selfless service to others,” said Josh Randle, the US Award’s National Executive Director.

The Earl of Wessex, 7th in line to the throne, is set to be given his father’s title after Prince Philip’s death to continue his work. Due to the Duke of Edinburgh’s old age, Prince Edward has taken over some of his father’s royal duties.

Prince Edward’s last visit to Nashville was in 2004. He lectured at the Antiques and Garden Show on the historic restoration project at Windsor Castle.

The Earl, father of two, is to visit Tennessee only for a day but his nephew, Prince Harry is scheduled to tour five US states and the District of Columbia for seven days starting next week, attending several events supporting injured veterans of both the UK and US armed forces.

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