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Prince Edward spends day at the races to raise money for the Prince Phillip Trust Fund

Prince Edward joined 385 guests at Ascot Racecourse last week to raise money for the Prince Philip Trust Fund.

The Earl of Wessex is chairman of the fund, which offers financial support to individuals and voluntary organisations across the Royal Borough of Ascot, after taking over from his father, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Founded in 1977, the fund has so far given away £1.3m to over 500 organisations and individuals since it was established.

The fundraising champagne reception, lunch and racing afternoon was held on Wednesday, April 30 at the world-famous racecourse.

Queen Anne founded Ascot Racecourse in 1711 and since that time, it has been an important part of the royal families life as they course gets many royal visitors each year.

Choirs from the local schools – St Mary’s Roman Catholic School and St George’s School, welcomed guests for the reception.

The Fund was initially created from a small amount of money generated from contributions arising from the various fund-raising events that took place in Royal boroughs. Since then, it has raised millions of pounds as well as donations from The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the late Queen Mother.

The charity makes objectives in the interest of social welfare, of facilities for the recreation and leisure time occupation of the inhabitants of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. It also supports voluntary work and the advancement of public education in arts, literature and science.

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