Edward to present Duke of Edinburgh awards in Canada

Friday May 29, 2009

Prince Edward is heading to Canada next week. The 45-year-old royal will spend Thursday and Friday in Victoria and Vancouver, where he's due to present teenagers and young adults with Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

The trophies are awarded to youngsters who have completed a programme incorporating volunteering, fitness and expedition skills. The scheme was started by Edward's father Prince Philip in 1956.

While in Canada Edward - pictured at a Duke of Edinburgh  presentation in LA - will also meet members of the Canadian ice hockey Paralympic team in teh venue set to be used during the Winter Olympics and Paralympics of 2010.

The Prince has a keen interest in the Winter Paralympics – he was last in Vancouver three years ago to raised the flag for the event at Vancouver city hall.

He'll round off his latest visit by attending a flag dedication ceremony  to launch an initiative aimed at giving Canadians the opportunity to better get to know their navy

Photo: ę Rex

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