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Cheam School pays tribute to former pupil Prince Philip after Duke of Edinburgh's death

Prince Philip unveils Duke of Edinburgh Building at Cheam School in 2013
Prince Philip unveils Duke of Edinburgh Building at Cheam School in 2013

PRINCE Philip’s former school in North Hampshire has paid tribute to its former pupil, saying it was “very proud” to have taught him.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on Friday at the age of 99, attended the prestigious Cheam School from 1930 to 1933, just before its move to Hampshire, and has had a lifelong association with the school.

As a pupil, he won a prize for Mathematics in his first year and one for French in the next.

He also took part in a concert as a singer, and excelled in sport – making it into the football, rugby and cricket sides, while also winning the under 12 hurdles.

In 1952, Prince Philip became president of the newly founded Cheam School Association – a position he held until 1973 when he became patron – and he sent his son, Prince Charles to the school in 1957.

The Duke of Edinburgh always maintained his association with Cheam, writing several forewords for books, magazines and cricket brochures produced by the school.

He last visited the school in 2013, exactly 80 years after he was a pupil at the school.

Prince Philip at Cheam School in 2013 (46245295)
Prince Philip at Cheam School in 2013 (46245295)

The duke visited the independent school to open Cheam’s new £3.5m art, design and technology department – named the Duke of Edinburgh Building – along with new pre-prep facilities.

He toured parts of the school and then went through a ‘sea of flags’ in the courtyard, where Heads of School presented him with gifts of a leavers’ Prayer Book and a CSA tie, and head boy James Duffield led the school in three heart cheers for him.

The school, which moved to Hampshire in 1934 from its former Surrey home, said in a statement: “The Cheam community wish to express our great sadness at the news of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“We are very proud to have him as an old boy of the school and as patron of the CSA, the society for old boys and girls of the school, which he supported so fondly.

“He demonstrated many values cherished by the school, embodied in his lifelong dedication and energy given to public service.

“We are truly honoured and grateful for the part that he has played in Cheam’s history, and he, in turn, served the school extremely well, always taking an interest in what was going on.

“Our thoughts and prayers are now with the Royal Family, especially her Majesty the Queen, whom the Prince supported for over seven decades.”

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