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Prince William's New Duty: Royal Succeeds Prince Philip as President of Fields in Trust

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As the future king of England, Prince William is set to inherit the staggering responsibilities of shepherding an entire monarchy.

But for now—as far as successions go—he's happy to inherit some of his grandfather's token duties.

Kate Middleton's hubby will succeed Prince Philip as president of Fields in Trust after the elder royal announced Tuesday that he will be retiring as the charity's patron.

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The 91-year-old Duke of Edinburgh held the post for 64 years, and his tenure at Fields in Trust—which is dedicated to protecting and preserving outdoor spaces in the U.K., from children's playgrounds to parks—was reportedly one of the first patronages that he accepted after marrying Queen Elizabeth II.

"Fields in Trust owes an enormous debt to His Royal Highness, and it is very difficult to express properly the sense of gratitude and appreciation for all that His Royal Highness has done for the charity," the foundation said in a statement, per the Daily Mail.

"Without his help and contribution, the organization could not have achieved what it has done if, indeed, it still existed as an independent charity."

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Meanwhile, Prince William's office issued a statement saying that the royal is "delighted to take on the presidency of Fields in Trust" and noted that "The Duke of Cambridge shares The Duke of Edinburgh's passion to safeguard outdoor spaces for future generations."

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