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10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

Statement From The Prime Minister

It was with great sadness that a short time ago I received word from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99. Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world. He was the longest serving consort in history, one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the second world war at Cape Matapan, where he was mentioned in despatches for bravery and in the invasion of Sicily, where he saved his ship by his quick thinking and from that conflict he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post war era. Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life. He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable. With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions. We remember the Duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty The Queen. Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her “strength and stay”, of more than 70 years. And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today. Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather. Speaking on their golden wedding anniversary, Her Majesty said that our country owed her husband “a greater debt than he would ever claim or we shall ever know” and I am sure that estimate is correct. So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen we offer our condolences to her and to all her family and we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Boris Johnson Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in conversation with Wing Commander LH Bartlett, Wing Commander Flying at Wattisham, during an official visit to the station on 21 May 1953.
Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh attending the Coldstream Guards Sergeants Mess (with the Duke’s photograph on the wall) RSM F Pickford introduces members to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. On the right is Staff Sergeant RT Millmore. May 1953.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (centre) watches a display by Meteors from 203 Advanced Flying School with a group of cadets who have just graduated from the RAF College Cranwell, 28 July 1953.
Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip The Duke of Edinburgh, refuelling his Harvard training aircraft during his flying training in 1953.

Prince Phillip had to complete three solo circuits and landings, or “bumps” as they are called, at White Waltham airfield in Berkshire in order to qualify for his wings.

His Harvard aircraft bore the five stars denoting his rank of Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

An RAF examining unit had described his flying as “thoughtful with a sense of safety and airmanship above average”.
he view at Runneymede on 17 October 1953 as HM Queen Elizabeth II arrives to unveil the Air Forces Memorial.

The memorial was built in proud memory of the men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who lost their lives serving from bases in the United Kingdom and North-West Europe in the Second World War, and who have no known graves.
Pictured is HM The Queen with distinguished guests at the dinner held at RAF Bentley Priory to mark the 40th Anniversary of the RAF, 1 April 1958.
Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip The Duke of Edinburgh, when he became the first and possibly, only member of the Royal Family to fly solo in a single-engine aircraft.

Having been given some instruction on how to fly a Turbulent ultra-light aircraft by his Equerry-in-waiting, Squadron Leader John Severne, (just visible behind the Prince), His Royal Highness flew the aircraft from White Waltham airfield in Berkshire for a short flight on 24 October 1959. Looking on at the right of the photograph is Norman Jones, chairman of the Tiger Club, a light aviation organisation of which Prince Phillip was an honorary member.
Image of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (centre right), seen here with HM The Queen and Prince Edward cover their ears to protect them from the noise of a Harrier demonstrating it’s ability to deploy away from traditional airfields during the Silver Jubilee of the RAF at Finningley on 29 July 1977. In the days before Health and Safety, it appears that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh didn’t find it necessary.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, wearing the uniform of Marshal of the Royal Air Force, talks with members of the public during a visit to RAF Coltishall, Norfolk, on 27 July 1973.

HM The Queen reviews a parade before the presentation of the new Royal Observer Corps Standard at RAF Bentley Priory, 25 July 1991.
14 June 2003 Trooping the Colour of the 1st Btn Grenadier Guards. (photographed from Queen Victoria’s Statue) The Royal party watch the fly pass from the balcony of Buckingham palace.

L to Right on the balcony, Prince William, The Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles.
21 May 2003 Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Queen Elizabeth II at the presentation of Standards and Guidon to the Household Cavalry at Horse Guards. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh leave at the end of the parade.
24 June 2003 Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh with President Vladimir Putin during his State Visit in 2003, greetings held in Horse guards Parade Ground.
28 June 2005 HM the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh pictured onboard HMS Endurance reviewing the multinational fleet in 2005 as the Royal Navy Celebrate Trafalgar Bicentennial Year.
8 July 2005 Presentation of a new banner to the Army Cadet Force by Field Marshal, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel in Chief at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.


The Banner was presented in the Royal Memorial Chapel and then a short parade on the square in front of the college.
Pictured is Field Marshal, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel in Chief at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

He was at Sandhurst to present a new banner to the Army Cadet Force.

The Banner was presented in the Royal Memorial Chapel and then a short parade on the square in front of the college.
10 July 2005 Pictured are HM The Queen & The Duke of Edinburgh leaving Buckingham Palace for the first national Veterans Awareness Week commemoration event in Horse Guards.

The Royal British Legion came together with veterans organisations and museums to celebrate Veterans Awareness Week at various locations across London
15 August 2005 60th Anniversary of Victory over Japan and The End of World War II celebrations held at the Imperial War Museum, London. The event was attended by Burma Star War Veterans from various Regiments.

The Duke of Edinburgh attended the celebrations and watched the Gurkha Band in full flow.
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh shares a joke with the Commanding Officer and soldiers of the Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group at Basra Air Station in Iraq.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has made a surprise visit to the British Army in Iraq today (Sunday 22 October 2006).

He was visiting The Queen’s Royal Hussars (QRH) in Basra in his role as the Regiment‚ Colonel in Chief.

He offered his praise to the cavalry soldiers, who are only a few weeks away from the end of their six-and-a-half month tour of Iraq.

He said: ‚”It is a great pleasure to see you here. Everyone at home has been following what has been going on in this part of the world with a great deal of sympathy for those of you at the sharp end, who are trying to do your best to make life civilised and tolerable for the locals. You have done a fantastic job, and I hope you all get home safely and have some well-earned leave.‚”
The 90th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele 12th July 2007

The Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff represented Britain’s Armed Forces at events in Belgium on July 12th 2007 to mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. During the course of the battle, one of the bloodiest of the war, 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German soldiers lost their lives.

The events to mark the anniversary were (all times local, check against actual programme):

* Menin Gate (15.20-15.30) – Wreath laying by HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh as well as the King and Queen of Belgium. Only the Royal Couples will attend this event.
* Tyne Cot Cemetery (15.45-16.45) – Unveiling of a plaque by HM the Queen to mark the 90th Anniversary followed by a service of commemoration. During the service of commemoration the Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne will read the Exhortation.
* Menin Gate (18.00-18.20) Wreath laying by representatives of the nations whose soldiers fought in the Battle of Passchendaele. During the service Des Browne will read the Kohima Epitaph and Sir Jock Stirrup will read the Exhortation.
13 March 2009 Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Captain General Royal Marines.

HRH was attending the 970 Kings Squad Passing Out parade at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) in Lympstone as Captain General Royal Marines as the inspecting officer.
31 March 2011 Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at RAF Valley with Flt Lt William Wales following a tour of the UK Military Flying Training School (UKMFTS).
11 June 2011 Pictured is his Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh is pictured during the Queen’s Birthday parade in 2011 also known as Trooping the Colour.

The Duke is wearing the uniform of the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
23 November 2011 The Duke of Edinburgh formally received Letters Patent as the holder of the title and office of Lord High Admiral.

Here his highness the Duke of Edinburgh takes the Royal Salute as The Lord High Admiral in Admiralty Square. To the left of HRH is The Command Warrant Officer with Her Majesty The Queen in the background.
19 May 2012 Her Majesty the Queen makes a speech during the Diamond Jubilee Muster Parade, 19 May 2012, Windsor Castle.

Today’s Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster is an opportunity for the Armed Forces to demonstrate the esteem that they have for their Commander-in-Chief. As they come to Windsor in their thousands, they add their congratulations and thanks to countless others for sixty years of unstinting support and service to them, and the millions who have gone before them during The Queen’s reign.

Pictured left to right, The Duke of Gloucester, HRH The Queen, The Duke of Kent, HRH Prince Phillip, Prince Michael of Kent and CGS Sir Peter Wahl.
24 May 2012 Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh attending the home coming parade of the Queens Royal Hussars after they completed their operational tour of Afghanistan.

The Prince presented many of the returning soldiers including those who had been injured whilst on operations with the operational service medal. The unit had been deployed as part of 20 Armoured Brigade on Operation Herrick 15.
3 June 2012 Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh onboard the Royal Barge.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were onboard the Royal Barge, the Spirit of Chartwell with several other members of the Royal Family to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the River Pageant on the Thames River.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of York and The Earl and Countess of Wessex pictured at the end of the Afghan Service of Remembrance in St. Paul’s Cathedral.
13 March 2015
The Prime Minister, Deputy Prime minister, Secretary of State for Defence, Service Chiefs and other senior political and military figures also attended. They were alongside members of the Armed Forces, Veterans, the next of kin of deceased personnel, representatives of military and aid charities and organisations, and the UK’s NATO allies in Afghanistan from 2001-2014. Representatives of the Afghan nation and leaders of world faiths also attended.
21 May 2015 Pictured is HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh during a visit to 1 Assault Group Royal Marines in the new Tandy building HMNB Devonport in 2015.
5 June 2015 Pictured is The Duke of Edinburgh, on board HMS Ranger while he conducted a review of 200 vessels owned by Squadron members of the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes, Isle of Wight off Cowes. HMS Smiter followed close behind with Prince Michael of Kent and Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Sir Jonathon Woodcock embarked.
Image shows: Her Majesty The Queen and other Royal Family members watching the flypast of 4 Spitfires, 2 hurricanes and 4 Typhoons over Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on the 10th July 2015.

75 Years after the start of the Battle of Britain the RAF marked the anniversary with a enhanced Change of the Guard and a flypast in front of the Queen and other Royal Family Members over Buckingham Palace on the 10 July 2015..
10 June 2016 A service of thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty The Queen held at St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London. It was attended by members of the royal family, senior politicians and representatives of the government, the armed forces, the commonwealth and other institutions connected to Her Majesty.

Military personnel representing the ships, regiments, air stations and units with a special relationship to Her Majesty, lined the steps of the cathedral.
2 August 2017 Image shows HRH the Duke of Edinburgh meeting Royal Marine Cadets at his last public appearance.

The Royal Marines have given The Duke of Edinburgh a Royal Salute as members of the Corps family marked his last official engagement as their Captain General. His Royal Highness’s association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to 2nd June 1953, upon Prince Philip’s appointment as Captain General Royal Marines in succession to the late King George VI. During that time, His Royal Highness has carried out a large number of visits to The Royal Marines at home and overseas, wherever they have been stationed. In the past year alone, he has spent time with the Corps in London, Portsmouth and Plymouth..
The transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall took place in a short ceremony at Windsor Castle and Highgrove House, earlier today, Wednesday 22nd July.

While The Duke of Edinburgh has been Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles since its formation in 2007, His Royal Highness’ connection stretches back further, as he has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953. The Duchess of Cornwall was appointed Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles in 2007.

The ceremony began at Windsor Castle where four Buglers, of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles, will sound The Rifles Assembly call upon the arrival of The Duke of Edinburgh. The ceremony continued at Highgrove House, where the arrival of The Duchess of Cornwall was marked by four Buglers of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles sounding The Rifles Assembly. Her Royal Highness was addressed by The Rifles’ Colonel Commandant, General Sir Patrick Sanders, who will welcome The Duchess as the new Colonel-in-Chief.

The Duchess has personal links to military organisations connected to her father, Major Bruce Shand, who was awarded two Military Crosses. Two Battalions of The Rifles form part of the celebrated 7th Infantry Brigade, otherwise known as the Desert Rats, with whom Major Shand served, and The Duchess is Patron of The Desert Rats Association.
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