Duke of Edinburgh Awards attendees told Prince Philip to ‘jog,’ Prince William reveals
Prince William recalled a hilarious moment when Prince Philip was told to ‘jog grandpa’ by schoolchildren on an expedition from the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Duke of Cambridge, 39, shared the funny anecdote in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers on BBC One last night, recounting how the cheeky college students let his grandfather chuckle.
Speaking on the show, William explained that he was driving through the countryside with Prince Philip and other family members on a visit to Balmoral when they ran into the school children.
Prince William recalled a hilarious moment when Prince Philip was told to ‘jog grandpa’ by schoolchildren on an expedition from the Duke of Edinburgh. Photographed in 2004 in Crimea
He said: “We were traveling together as a family while driving in Scotland. And we ran into what was very obviously the Duke of Edinburgh’s people, with backpacks, and he spotted them and stopped and rolled down his window.
“He said, ‘Hello, how are you? To which the smaller youth in the back actually said, “Jog on Grandpa!”
“To which my grandfather rolled up the window, walked away smiling and said to everyone in the car, ‘Young people today! “.
“For the purposes of this movie, I thought jogging was a more appropriate way of putting it.” He added: My grandfather has a really good sense of humor.
Speaking in BBC documentary Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers last night, Prince William, 39, recalled how Duke of Edinburgh Award attendees told his grandfather to “jog” when ‘he stopped to ask them how they were doing.
Prince Philip established the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize in 1956 with the aim of encouraging the development of young people by volunteering, going on adventures, learning new skills and participating in physical activities.
Her granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor, 17, who also spoke in the documentary, revealed that she took part in the program to make Philip proud.
What are the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, also known as DofE, are a youth program founded in the UK in 1956 by Prince Philip.
Over the past 65 years, the program has expanded to 144 nations.
He aims to improve with the royal by basing the program on Kurt Hahn’s “Six Declines of Modern Youth”.
At first IIt was designed to attract boys who had not been interested in joining youth movements, such as boy scouts, but in 1958 it was extended to girls.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programs take between one and four years and must be completed by the participant‘s twenty-fifth birthday.
Participants must participate in the following activities:
- Volunteering: undertaking a service to individuals or to the community.
- Physical: improvement in a field of sports, dance or fitness.
- Skills: develop practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition: planning, training and carrying out an adventurous trip in the UK or abroad.
- At the Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.
During the film, she recalled her close ties to the Duke and their shared love of carriage riding, as well as her decision to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize program.
She confidently said to the camera: “There was certainly one element that made my grandfather proud and honored him by participating in the award which was the bulk of his life’s work. to have made you proud.
“I’ve always wanted to do it because of the skills you develop as a result. “
She continued, “My favorite part was my expeditions. Just having that level of independence and self-sufficiency and having that sense of accomplishment when it was over.
The appearance of the young royal comes just weeks before Lady Louise’s 18th birthday, when she can decide whether she is legally entitled to be called Her Royal Highness Princess Louise, in the same way her cousins are. known as HRH Princess Beatrice and HRH Princess Eugenie. .
In the documentary, the second in line to the throne called his late grandfather the “heart of the royal family” and recalled some of the pranks the Duke of Edinburgh has done on his family members.
William has revealed how the Duke of Edinburgh would make his grandchildren hold a tube of mustard in their hands and then remove the lid when they barbecue at Balmoral.
William laughed remembered, “He would crush your hands to pull the mustard from the ceiling.”
“He used to have a lot of trouble with my grandma covering most of the places we had lunch with mustard on the cap.”
His cousin, Peter Phillips, added that the marks are still there.
Charles said: “He always had silly games, the fun of having young parents was that there was a lot of chases and crazy things.”
Meanwhile, Prince William and Harry recalled how much the Queen and Prince Philip “love when things go wrong”.
The Duke of Cambridge said: “He likes to play jokes and nonsense. He loved when things went wrong.
“My grandparents love it when things go wrong. You can imagine, they’ve lived a life where everything has to be fine all the time, so when things go wrong, the theory both of them laughs. Everyone is embarrassed mortified. They love it. ‘
Harry said: “I think there is an imbalance in everyone doing everything like, ‘The Duke of Edinburgh is coming, let’s make sure everything is absolutely perfect. Remember that every year we do it right, do it. “
Lady Louise said she took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize to make her grandfather proud and preferred parts of the expedition.
Louise, pictured, is an avid horse riding enthusiast and inherited the Duke of Edinburgh’s love for the horse-drawn carriage
“But the two of them are like, ‘I wonder if something’s going to go wrong this year. How exciting. “
“What I remember now are the expressions on his face about things that have gone wrong. He sat there completely calm and watched us go by.
Princess Beatrice added: “I think he has a really good observational humor, but you have to really be quick, you have to really be careful.
“I think he uses humor to put people at ease. He’s also always there to break the ice.
Meanwhile, William commented, “He’s brilliant at finding fun times and teasing people. if you try to be too smart with him and say something a little silly, he will jump on it.
William went on to call him “the heart of the family,” adding, “He’s always been a huge presence behind everything we’ve really done.”
William added: “He would always make it very clear to everyone where they were standing. I think people find it refreshing to know that nothing else is happening. There are no games being played.
“He’s very honest, he’s very straightforward and he’s very factual.”
Anne said her father was “basically a problem solver”, adding: “A lot of it stemmed from her early experiences and from the problems of her youth.”