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Prince Edward Presents Edinburgh’s Awards In Nashville

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Britain's Prince Edward talks with beauty pageant winners following an awards ceremony at the Governor's Mansion on Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Edward is visiting Nashville in support of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. (AP Photo) Britain's Prince Edward talks with beauty pageant winners following an awards ceremony at the Governor's Mansion on Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Edward is visiting Nashville in support of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. (AP Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, visited Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The prince presided over an awards ceremony Thursday at the governor's mansion for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program. He quipped that the participants were "how should I put this - guinea pigs," and then said, "So you're leading the way here."

About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs and Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a self-development program for people ages 14 to 25 that aims to instill confidence and skills.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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