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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

HRH The Duke of EdinburghOutward Bound International is deeply saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness died peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace announced today.

Prince Philip served as patron of the Outward Bound Trust in Britain from 1953 until he stepped down in 2019 after 65 years of involvement with the charity. Over the decades The Duke of Edinburgh extended his patronage to the growing Outward Bound movement that followed the establishment of the first school in Aberdovey, Wales in 1941. His Royal Highness became patron to Outward Bound International, the global licensing and member support organization, in 1997.

From 1934 to 1939 Prince Philip attended the Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun where Kurt Hahn was founder and headmaster. Hahn, reportedly one of the greatest influences on young Prince Philip’s life, would later collaborate with shipping industrialist Lawrence Holt to establish Outward Bound. It was The Duke of Edinburgh’s personal experience with Hahn’s educational philosophies that allowed him to develop an early affinity with Outward Bound and then to support its growth worldwide through his steadfast personal commitment to its mission.

Prince Philip leaves an enduring legacy defined by his service and commitment to the ideals and philosophy of the Outward Bound movement he played a pivotal role in bringing to over 30 countries on six continents during his time as patron. We at Outward Bound are deeply grateful to His Royal Highness for his many contributions and achievements and send our sincere condolences to all the members of the Royal Family and especially to Queen Elizabeth. He will be remembered with affection.