The royal family’s Instagram account shared photographs from Prince Edward’s visit to the East Midlands, where he met volunteers from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the youth scheme which is one of Philip’s greatest legacies.
Royal fans took to the comments to congratulate Edward on his new patronage, with one writing: “How wonderful to see The Duke of Edinburgh! Congratulations and so well deserved!”
Another agreed, saying: “A quiet achiever. I can’t think of a better person to carry on his father’s legacy.” A third added: “His father would be so proud of Edward carrying on his legacy, congratulations our new Duke of Edinburgh.”
The first image showed Edward wearing a khaki jacket and a flat cap, and some Instagram followers noticed a striking family resemblance.
“Prince Edward reminds me of his dad,” one said. “Looks a lot like his Dad in these photos!” another added.
Indeed, if you look back at photographs of Prince Philip at the same age, Edward certainly has a lot of his father’s features.
Speaking about his new patronage, Edward said: “Some say The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is in my DNA; it’s certainly been a major part of my life for a very long time.
“Being asked to take on the role of patron after my father is a particular honour and quite a responsibility.
“Sustaining and enhancing what is arguably his greatest legacy around the world matters a great deal to me, as does pursue the Award’s long-term ambition of universal access so that every eligible young person has the opportunity to participate.
“Above all, I hope to ensure The Award to which my father gave his title, those that achieve it, and those who deliver it continue to enjoy the recognition they so richly deserve.”