In a good mood and with a firm handshake, the British Prince Edward presented the "Duke Award" to committed students from all over Germany.
At the ceremony in the James Simon Gallery, the youngest brother of King Charles III shook. on Monday afternoon the hands of the 90 winners and presented them with the award. "I'm delighted to meet you all today," said the Duke of Edinburgh, congratulating the award winners on their "brilliant achievement".
Founded by Prince Philip
The international youth program "Duke of Edinburgh's International Award" aims to motivate young people and young adults to take on responsibility and volunteer. The programme, under the 59-year-old's patronage, was founded in the 1950s by Edward's father Prince Philip, then the Duke of Edinburgh. According to the German headquarters of the program, more than 3,000 young people take part in Germany every year.
At the beginning of the event, Berlin's Mayor Kai Wegner (CDU) welcomed the Duke with a speech and thanked him for his commitment to young people. "The United Kingdom and Berlin share a deep friendship and a long history," said Wegner. Supporting children and young people is important for the future of both countries. Then, like his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward signed the city of Berlin's Golden Book.
attending a school
At noon he had visited a school in Berlin-Wedding and inspected a waffle stand. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards program is an integral part of the school, the Headmaster said. With the waffle stand, the students tried to earn some extra money for an excursion.
In the presence of Federal Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) and Berlin Senator for Education Katharina Günther-Wünsch (CDU), Edward exchanged views with schoolchildren about the international youth program.
With his visit to Berlin, Prince Edward is the second British royal to travel to Germany this year. At the end of March, King Charles III. came to Berlin with his wife Camilla for a state visit.