The British Monarchists Society, its Patrons, members, and friends, mourn the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who has died peacefully in the early hours of this morning, 9 April 2021 at Windsor Castle, aged 99. A beloved husband of 73 years and a loyal consort of 69 years, Prince Philip was a loving father of four, grandfather of eight, and a great-grandfather of ten. His Royal Highness will be remembered for becoming the longest-lived male member of our Royal family and leaves behind one of the longest and most successful legacies of any Prince Consort of this Realm. The British Monarchists Society sends our deepest condolences and heart felt prayers to Her Majesty, the Queen, and all members of the Royal family.
A steadfast and resilient source of support for the Queen both privately and publicly, as a loving husband and stately Prince Consort, Prince Philip has maintained his oath to Her Majesty upon her Coronation in 1953, to be her “liege man of life and limb”. His Royal Highness’ devotion to Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and all the 800 organisations, charities, and causes he cared for deeply over his decades with them, have benefited from his selfless and tireless efforts to promote their causes and initiatives. As Patron of the British public, all that were involved with him, and cared for him, will feel the loss of this caring and straight forward individual. Now is the time to remember the Duke for the man he was, and what he accomplished for this nation. As we mourn such a loss, our thoughts, care and concern should rightfully turn to Her Majesty, the Queen.
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.