Prince Philip seen as dashing young man in touching new pics to celebrate his Duke of Edinburgh Award legacy

PRINCE Philip looks dashing in a series of throwback snaps released by the Queen to honour his decades of service.

The Duke of Edinburgh – Britain's longest-serving consort – can be seen laughing and joking with the public in the poignant photos.

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In one black and white shot, Philip looks handsome as budding young prince while he poses in sports gear at Gordonstoun School.

Another throwback picture shows the duke surrounded by pupils after cracking a joke.

The latest pictures have been released by the Royal Family to highlight Philip's hardwork for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Philip's brainchild was launched in 1956 and now operates in more than 140 countries.

The family say it has "helped to transform the lives of millions of young people in the UK and across the globe".

There are now 300,000 who take part in the scheme at any one time with more than 13million participating in the award in total in 168 countries.

A caption adds: "His Royal Highness remained committed to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from its inception and continued to be involved.

"In total, The Duke attended over 500 Gold Award ceremonies, attended by up to 300 young people at a time, since the #DofE was founded."

The royal worked tirelessly by the Queen's side for more than 70 years until his tragic death on Friday aged 99.

His legacy has been honoured in touching photos this week released by the Queen's official Instagram page.

It comes amid a series of tributes from the royals ahead of Philip's funeral on Saturday.

His granddaughter Princess Eugenie yesterday vowed to "look after granny" as she remembered her "dearest grandpa".

While Kate Middleton and Prince William released a touching photo of Philip and the Queen with seven of their great-grandchildren.

Prince Charles also shared a moving one-minute tribute to his "dear papa".

The short video featured early photos of the father and son and also honoured his 70-plus years of service to the Queen.

Charles said: "Over the course of his life, The Duke of Edinburgh was associated with 992 organisations in areas including technology, conservation, education and the welfare of young people.

"Take a look back at the life and work of The Duke of Edinburgh."

Charles' son Prince Harry also released a poignant message remembering his grandad as "master of the barbecue and legend of banter".

He said Philip was "cheeky 'til the end" and "authentically himself" throughout his more than 70 years of service to the nation.

And he thanked the dedicated royal for being a "rock" to his grandmother the Queen.

While Prince William hailed "extraordinary" Philip – saying his children will miss their "mischievous" great-grandfather.

He added: "I know he would want us to get on with the job."

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