Philip passes Outward Bound role to Andrew

The Duke of Edinburgh has handed over his patronage of the Outward Bound Trust to his son, the Duke of York, it has been announced.

Philip has given more than 65 years of service and unwavering personal commitment to the educational charity, known for its character-building outdoor adventures.

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The Duke of Edinburgh throwing a javelin while meeting participants in an Outward Bound activity in 1954 (Outward Bound Trust/PA)

The 97-year-old duke had remained its patron despite stepping down from public service in 2017, but has now passed the responsibility on to his third child, Andrew.

Princess Beatrice, Andrew’s eldest daughter, has also been elected to the board as a trustee.

Andrew, who has been chairman of the board of trustees since 1999, paid tribute to Philip’s wise counsel and guidance.

The Duke of York abseiling for the Outward Bound Trust
The Duke of York abseiling down the Shard in central London as part of a fundraiser for The Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund in 2012 (John Stillwell/PA)

“It is an enormous privilege to take up this appointment of patron from my father, who has been a stalwart supporter of the Trust and its work since it was founded in 1941,” said Andrew.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and rewards of guiding the Trust these past few years and with the wise counsel and guidance from my father”.

Philip became patron of the Trust in 1953, which was set up by his mentor and headmaster, educationalist Dr Kurt Hahn in 1941.

Philip and Tom Cruise at an Outward Bound Trust dinner
The Duke of Edinburgh and actor Tom Cruise during a dinner at Buckingham Palace in London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust in 2017 (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Both men were also instrumental in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Philip’s active involvement is seen as pivotal in taking Outward Bound’s mission to more than 30 countries worldwide.

It has helped more than a million young people to participate in experiential outdoor learning programmes, designed to develop character and instil self-belief and resilience.

The Duke of Edinburgh meeting participants in an Outward Bound activity (Outward Bound Trust/PA)

Nick Barrett, chief executive of The Outward Bound Trust, said: “Both The Outward Bound Trust and The Duke of Edinburgh Award programme have helped instil purpose, resilience, a sense of adventure and fun in millions of young people in the UK and many countries overseas.

“The Duke of Edinburgh has always stayed remarkably close to our charity.

“His Royal Highness has advised and challenged the board, but also engaged brilliantly and directly when meeting with the young people who have benefited from our programmes.

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s involvement has gone far beyond any mere call of duty. We are immensely thankful but also stronger for all his intelligent and thoughtful direction and interventions”

Andrew will be succeeded as chairman by Charles Phillips, the charity said.