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Another Prince in NYC

Quincy Jones and Prince Edward.photo by Randy Brooke It's been a big few weeks for British royals visiting New York. First, HRH Prince Harry played polo on Governor's Island last week, and on Tuesday, HRH Prince Edward (Harry's uncle)...

Quincy Jones and Prince Edward.
photo by Randy Brooke
It's been a big few weeks for British royals visiting New York.

First, HRH Prince Harry played polo on Governor's Island last week, and on Tuesday, HRH Prince Edward (Harry's uncle) hosted a midday cocktail party sponsored by Rose's Mojito and Chandon at Donna Karan's West Village studio in honor of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association. The program, founded by Edward's father Prince Philip 50 years ago, provides underprivileged kids ages 14 through 25 with varied life experiences, from recreational challenges and community service to the development of personal skills and interests.

"I think of us as Intel," Edward explained, referring to the computer processor manufacturer. "If you see a school or children's center [that we're involved in], you know it's only working better."

The room was mostly Brits, but Quincy Jones stopped by to lend his support and present Edward with a portrait by painter Peter Max.

"It looks nothing like me," the prince said sounding a bit uncomfortable, but posing for photos by it nonetheless.

Jones didn't elaborate on his connection with the The Duke of Edinburgh Award program more than him being there as a fellow advocate of children's aid.

"I grew up in the ghetto in Chicago," said the music producer. "When I was 7 years old [bullies] nailed my hand to a fence with a switchblade. So seeing kids like [those in programs like the Duke of Edinburgh's] ... you identify with them, because that's where you came from."
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