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College reflects on Duke of Edinburgh’s visit

As the nation enters an official week of mourning for HRH Prince Philip, the college fondly reflects upon when the Duke of Edinburgh visited Llanelli in 1960 to open new facilities at the then Llanelli Boys Grammar School.

The Duke arrived by helicopter on the grounds of the school where he was greeted enthusiastically by staff and pupils.

His legacy will always remain at the college where students are continually encouraged to embrace the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, taking part in all levels, from bronze to gold and for many it is a life-changing experience.

Within this award, students build their confidence, develop new skills, set personal challenges and push personal boundaries.

As a lifelong advocate for young people, the recent news of Prince Philip’s passing was received with sadness at Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion.

Speaking in 2010, the Duke, who remained patron of the charity, said: "It has gone from strength to strength, with 195 awards currently being achieved every day and employers in every field of industry recognising the value of the experiences gained and the skills and characteristics developed by the young people that take part.”

Devoted to his family and country, His Royal Highness is the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

He enjoyed a highly successful military career in the Royal Navy following his training at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth where he earned the accolade of best cadet and joined the service when Britain was at war in 1940.

HRH Prince Philip died peacefully at the age of 99 at his home in Windsor Castle on April 9, 2021.

Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion would like to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh for his work and for his service to the country.