Thank you for the years of duty, say Duke's 800 charities: Prince Philip has championed causes from saving pandas to improving literacy in Africa

Mail Online | 5/4/2017 | Tom Kelly for the Daily Mail
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Charities yesterday thanked Prince Philip for championing their causes – and said that they hoped to keep his patronage after his retirement.

From joining the fight to save the panda to spreading literacy in Africa and raising awareness of muscular dystrophy, the duke has been involved in an extraordinary array of good causes for decades.

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The surprise announcement that he was stepping down prompted some of the almost 800 organisations he is associated with to call Buckingham Palace for clarification on what it meant for them.

They were reassured that, despite withdrawing from public contact with his charities, Philip will still keep in touch via correspondence, including signing certificates and sending messages.

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A royal source said: ‘Essentially he is patron, president or member of over 780 organisations and he will gladly and willingly remain associated with those.

'He just won’t play an active role. If a patronage decides that it would like somebody else as patron, it is entirely a matter for them.

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Organisers of his best known charity, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which he founded in 1956, said he would continue as patron.

However, it is understand he will no longer present gold awards, a duty now expected to be taken over by Prince Edward.

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In a statement, the charity thanked Philip for working ‘tirelessly’ to enable millions of young people to have the opportunity to transform their lives through the scheme. Robert Meadowcroft, chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said Philip remained the charity’s ‘dedicated patron’.

He said for over 50 years the duke...
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