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Prince Philip Celebrates 130th Anniversary of the Very First Charity Patronage He Took on in 1947

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Prince Philip may be approaching his official retirement, but he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

On Wednesday, the royal, who turns 96 on June 10, hosted an afternoon reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to celebrate London Youth’s 130th anniversary.

Wearing a straw fedora and carrying a cane, the royal was in good spirits as he mingled with guests in the palace gardens

London Youth is a diverse network of over 300 community organizations who work to support young people of all backgrounds across the capital.  

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Philip became patron of the organization in 1947 — making it his very first charity patronage. Since then, the royal has undertaken over 125 engagements with the charity over the course of 70 years.

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The garden reception brought together the charity’s closest supporters, youth workers and aspiring young leaders who are involved in delivering a range of programs on youth action and leadership, sports development, employability, the environment, tackling youth crime and youth work training.

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During the event, the prince viewed a display showcasing the history of the charity and met people who are participating in youth action projects in their local clubs and communities throughout London.

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Prince Philip also viewed several outdoor activities, including tennis, catapult-making and a climbing tower. At the end of the event, he watched a dance performance and cut a cake to mark the charity’s special anniversary.

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In early May, Philip announced his upcoming retirement from public life. The 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth is to step down from his duties as her public consort after 70 years of service.

“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen,” a statement issues by Buckingham Palace read, in part.