9 April 2021
601 International House, W1B 2QD
From the Communications Office
09 April 2021
Subject: Death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
In addition to his military career and accomplishments, Prince Philip’s desire to help the youth of tomorrow by creating the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in 1956, defined him and his role within the Royal family and his place within the Realms. Millions of young people from over 130 countries, between the ages of 14-24, have participated in and benefited from his awards scheme since its inception. With decades of service to Crown and Country, in addition to that given to the Realms, the Duke made the difficult decision to retire from public duties and life on 2 August 2017 at the age of 96. At the time of his retirement, His Royal Highness had completed a staggering 22,219 solo engagements as Prince Consort since 1952.
We are mindful that The Duke was not only a Prince of The United Kingdom, but that of Her Majesty’s Realms and overseas territories. We share in their sense of loss and extend our arms of friendship and support to Her Majesty’s people over the seas. People around the world will join with us as we mourn alongside Her Majesty and the Royal family and give thanks for the long and fruitful life of Prince Philip. We remember the Duke and thank him with deep gratitude for his devotion to the people of this nation, and Her Majesty’s people around the globe. The thoughts and prayers of The British Monarchists Society are and remain with the Queen and all members of the Royal family at this difficult time.
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