On Friday 9th April 2021, the following announcement was issued by Buckingham Palace: It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.
Official condolence message from the Bailiwick of Guernsey
- The following condolence message has been sent on behalf of the Bailiwick of Guernsey by His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor:
- WE, THE LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR AND THE BAILIFF OF GUERNSEY, THE ROYAL COURT AND THE STATES OF GUERNSEY, THE PRESIDENT AND THE STATES OF ALDERNEY, THE SEIGNEUR AND THE CHIEF PLEAS OF SARK, AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THIS BAILIWICK WITH HUMBLE DUTY BEG LEAVE TO OFFER TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, AND HER FAMILY, OUR RESPECTFUL AND SINCEREST SYMPATHY ON THE DEATH OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE PHILIP, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, WHOSE LONG LIFE REPRESENTED THE EPITOME OF LOYALTY, COMMITMENT, SERVICE AND GOOD HUMOUR, AND STANDS AS AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL. HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS WILL BE REMEMBERED WITH GREAT AFFECTION ACROSS OUR ISLANDS, WHICH HE VISITED ON SIX MEMORABLE OCCASIONS.
- Prince Philip was born in Corfu on 10 June 1921, the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg and he therefore held the title 'Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark'.
- During the First World War Prince Louis of Battenberg, Prince Philip's grandfather, changed the family's name to Mountbatten. Prince Phillip adopted this name when he also became a naturalised British subject and renounced his previous Royal title in order to marry Princess Elizabeth. In July 1947 the engagement of Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten RN to Princess Elizabeth was announced. Four months later, on 20 November, they were married in Westminster Abbey. Upon his marriage Prince Phillip was bestowed with the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.
- The Queen and Prince Philip had four children. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales was born in 1948 and Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, was born two years later. After The Queen ascended the throne, the couple had two further children: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, born in 1960 and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, born in 1964.
- Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Prince Louis, who was Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord.
- In 1952 he was promoted to Commander, but his naval career came to an end on the death of his father-in-law, King George VI.
- Prince Philip was particularly interested in science, industry and engineering. Environmental and conservation issues were also of great interest to His Royal Highness. The Duke was a keen sportsman and was also a qualified pilot. He was the first member of the Royal family ever to fly out of Buckingham Palace Garden in a helicopter.
- Further information abut the Duke of Edinburgh's life is available here.
Books of Condolence
- An electronic book of condolence for the public to leave messages on is available here.
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