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His Royal Highness Prince Edward visited the Czech Republic

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh visited the Czech Republic between 23rd and 25th May.

An important part of the Prince's three-day programme was the awarding of certificates to 42 graduates of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, or DofE, of which he is the patron. The programme was founded by his father, Prince Philip, in 1956. It is aimed at young people aged between 14 and 24, prompting them to develop a range of skills, take part in sports or volunteer. The DofE is now active in more than 130 countries. In the Czech Republic, more than 5,000 young people are now taking part and around 300 educational institutions are involved. The presentation of the certificates by Prince Edward took place on Wednesday in the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He also spoke to the young people awarded in the garden of the British Embassy. 

The Prince's programme also included a meeting with President Peter Pavel at Prague Castle, which was also attended Ambassador Marie Chatardová and by the British Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Matt Field. However, Prince Edward had already met with President Pavel on the eve of his official visit to the Castle in the Malostranská Beseda pub. The Duke also visited the village of Vestec near Prague, where he planted a tree in the local alley planted in honour of his father, Prince Philip. 

His Majesty ended his visit on Thursday at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Cathedral in Prague's Resslova Street, where he and Czech Defence Minister Jana Černochová paid tribute to the seven Czechoslovak paratroopers trained in Scotland who were hiding in the church during World War II after the assassination of Acting Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich and fighting for their lives. Prince Edward has already visited the Czech Republic multiple times, the last time he had been there before his most recent visit was in November 2017.