The Founder of the Mérite Jeunesse Luxembourg
The Duke of Edinbourgh's International Award has been started in Luxembourg in May 1993. The official name of the Foundation in Luxembourg is Mérite Jeunesse Luxembourg and is placed under the patronage of H.R.H. Grand-Duc Jean.
H.R.H. Prince Guillaume is the chairman of the Administrative Council. From 1993-2017 Luxembourg had the opportunity to honor 2606 Award holders.
The Founder of The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, in 1956, in conjunction with Kurt Hahn, the German educationalist. Both were concerned that young people’s development was lacking in certain key areas, and they resolved to create a programme that would be a 'do-it-yourself kit in the art of civilised living'.
The subsequent spread of the Award across the globe is testament to the universal appeal of the programme, and the vision of its founder. However, even HRH admits that this took him by surprise:
"When the first trial of the Award was launched in 1956, no one had any idea quite what would happen. In the event it was an instant success, and the Award has been growing and expanding worldwide ever since."
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has remained committed to the Award since its birth over 50 years ago. He continues to be involved, particularly in recognising the achievements of Award participants and the adults who support them.