His Royal Highness Prince Edward, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, is visiting Philadelphia today and tomorrow to honor Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year and to support the Duke of Edinburgh’s award program in the city. The Prince is chairman of the International Council of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association, a youth development program that operates in 132 countries. The program was launched in Philadelphia in 2009 at Girard College, and then in several other schools in the area, including the Science Leadership Academy and Valley Forge Military Academy. Students joined the Prince at a luncheon at Girard along with the members of Boulé (an African-American men’s organization), the Consulate Board, City Trust and Girard College Board Members.
The Prince requested cobb salad as the main course for the luncheon with iced tea and fresh-baked petit fours for dessert. Afterward, Prince Edward planted a tree in honor of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. His great-great-grandfather, King Edward VII, had planted a tree at Girard during his 1860 visit to Philadelphia.