Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Prince Philip, Duke of EdinburghThe above image appeared on the website of the British Monarchy on the morning of Friday, 9 April 2021, together with the following announcement:

“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.

Friday, 9 April 2021”

This is a very sad loss for the nation, but especially for his wife, our Queen, her children and grandchildren. Our thoughts are with them.

Among the many obituaries and tributes circulating on the web is this one from the BBC.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Born: Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, 10 June 1921, at Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece
Died: 9 April 2021, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, United Kingdom
RIP and thank you

30 thoughts on “Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh”

  1. I cried when the sad news was announced and for the remainder of the day I was glued to the television. As a Royalist, I already knew much about his life.

    He always made me smile and I admired him greatly. I think his nomadic childhood and lack of family nurturing had much to do with his diplomatic skills, or should I say lack of them, and of course his general persona.

    He gave up his own career to serve Britain and our queen and will be missed by so many of us. RIP. Sir.

    Thank you for this post, Mike.

  2. Hi Mike – thanks for putting this post up for us … he turned Britain towards better times … he was highly intelligent; so sad for his family today … with our thoughts for them and particularly his widow, our Queen. With thoughts – HIlary

  3. Hi Mike,

    I was very sorry to hear the news this morning. As an American, and an Anglophile, the older I get the more respect I have for the older Royals, especially Elizabeth and Philip. They were together for so long, I know she will feel his loss terribly. I read the piece on the BBC that you provided the link for — it was a good piece. Hal has been reading about the Duke today, too.

    I’m going to try and visit more in the future. I haven’t forgotten about your blog, things have just been busy here. Take care, and condolences from us to Britain, the Queen, and all family.


    1. Thanks, Denise; hope all is well with you. I don’t visit blogs as often as I’d like – not enough hours in the day. Yes, it’s a sad day for the Royal Family, the UK and nations across the globe.

  4. This is very sad, and I have the utmost respect for Prince Philip. Most Americans do. He was a fine man with grace and humor, a war hero, and a stalwart supporter of Britain and Her Majesty the Queen. I have question, as you are quite an historian. My husband was a U.S. Navy flyer. The Ark Royal came to Norfolk, Virginia when Prince Charles was a member of the ship’s company. Hubby’s squadron had two Royal Air Force exchange officers, and they arranged for some of the Ark Royal’s fighter crews to come the and teach the squadron how to play cricket (and of course enjoy a picnic and a pint). They were hopeful and requested that Prince Charles would join them, but it didn’t happen. Isn’t that a great story? It’s one of Hubby’s fondest Navy memories. He wonders if Prince Philip ever landed on an aircraft carrier. Do you know? Thank you, Mike.

    1. Thanks, Jennie. yes, he was quite a guy. That’s a lovely story; cricket and a pint – wonderful! I don’t know whether Prince Philip ever landed on an aircraft carrier. Somehow, I doubt it. Must admit, it was only relatively recently I found out that he was a pilot!

  5. A lot of people will be learning for the first time about his strange early years, but also about his concern for the environment long before anybody else was bothered.
    It was quite recently that my late husband managed to get told off by the duke. Cyberspouse was visiting his friend in Windsor and strolling down the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park with his camera when the duke came by driving a carriage. Cyberspouse thought he would try for a shot of the beautiful black horses and the duke said ‘Haven’t you got anything better to photograph!’ the ‘stable girls’ on board giggled.

  6. This is terribly sad. I’ve been watching BBC all day. What a remarkable legacy he left to the world. I join with my friends in the UK in sending healing thoughts to the Queen.

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