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Prince Edward in Australia for Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Earl of Wessex will is currently underway on a five-day tour of Australia, during which he will meet more than 1000 young people and 1200 volunteers throughout the country.

Prince Edward’s visit to New South Wales is to commemorate more than 50 years of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Australia. Representing his 93-year-old father, the Queen’s youngest son met Premier Mike Baird as he arrived in the country.

The 50 year old is set to make 17 official stops on his tour including a visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Tuesday, and shortly after will meet Duke of Edinburgh Award participants from eight local schools. Approximately 22,000 young Australians are currently enrolled on the scheme.

Having been committed to the award since achieving his gold in 1986, the Prince is the United Kingdom and International Trustee and Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Council.

The Earl’s visit to Australia begins just after his sister’s had ended. The Princess Royal had a four day visit to Australia at the end of last month where she visited numerous charities she supports and is patron of.

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