The Duke their Patron


Bowles outdoor centre at Eridge, near Crowborough, has paid tribute to their Patron, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, at Bowles outdoor centre at Eridge.
Prince Philip with Bowles founder John Walters at the site in 1967.

Prince Philip, The Queen’s husband, died aged 99. A statement issued by Buckingham Palace just after midday, spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle this morning.

The Duke of Edinburgh was a huge supporter of education, the environment and sport.

In 1964 Bowles was established as a charity for young people. It is based around one of the few rock crags in South East England where climbers can practice on real rock. Since the 1960s, it has been transformed from an overgrown pig farm into one of the country’s leading outdoor centres. The Duke of Edinburgh was there at the start, and as the Patron, has supported them ever since.

Our Patron for 56 years, The Duke was a huge champion for young people and the role that outdoor education plays in giving children and young people life changing experiences. The thoughts of all at Bowles are with Her Majesty The Queen at this sad time.

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In 2014, the Prince visited Bowles to mark their 50th anniversary. The Duke, who in typical witty style said that he had never understood the point of time capsules, cut the ribbon allowing the capsule to roll into the ground.

Prince Philip cutting a ribbon on a time capsule at the Bowles outdoor education centre to mark their 50th anniversary.

Prince Philip acted as patron to around 800 organisations.

The Duke of Edinburgh also served as London Youth’s patron for 74 years. They have an outdoor education centres at Hindleap Warren near Wych Cross.

Rosemary Watt-Wyness, Chief Executive of London Youth said:

We are all extremely saddened by the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. We remain eternally grateful for all the support he gave to London Youth as our patron for over seven decades. Prince Philip’s many visits to our member youth organisations remain etched within the memories of so many. Prince Philip’s championing of young people and youth work in London has been truly inspiring and will not be forgotten.

Rosemary Watt-Wyness, Chief Executive of London Youth

One of his most remarkable achievements is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The scheme equipped young people from all communities to build the skills, confidence, and resilience they need to make the most out of life.



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