Prince Edward hands out awards

Prince Edward focused his attention on Canada’s youth on Sunday and his enthusiasm for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Awards is bringing benefits to students even in Canada’s North.

CALGARY — Prince Edward focused his attention on Canada’s youth on Sunday and his enthusiasm for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Awards is bringing benefits to students even in Canada’s North.

Edward — the Earl of Wessex, the Queen’s youngest son and seventh in line to the throne — handed out 100 gold medals as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards at a ceremony in Calgary Sunday morning.

The awards, started by his father Prince Philip in the 1950s, are designed to stimulate and encourage self-reliance and discipline, perseverance and determination, initiative and creativity, community responsibility, and fitness of body and mind.

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