Britain's Prince Edward is to attend Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Nashville next month.

The youngest son of Queen Elizabeth will fly out to the city in Tennessee and join Governor Bill Haslam and his wife to host the inaugural event, where he will also enjoy a black tie royal gala at Montgomery Bell Academy.

The foundation was founded by Edward's father Prince Philip in 1956 and is a self-development programme available for young people aged 14 to 25, with millions of candidates from over 140 countries having taken part in the past.

Josh Randle, the US award's national executive director, said: "The award program aims to develop one's entire self, creating responsible and experienced citizens and encouraging selfless service to others.

"It's about personal discovery and building character, and the life lessons learned give participants the confidence and skills to make a difference within themselves, their communities, and the world."

Recipients of this year's accolades will reside from local partners of the organisation, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee and the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.

The programme was first launched in the US in 2007 and now has over 7,000 participants from 30 states taking part.

Edward was last in Nashville in 2004 to give a lecture on the historic restoration project at Windsor Castle during the Antiques and Garden show.