Tributes as Duke of Edinburgh dies at 99

Here is the full statement released by Buckingham Palace following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99 today:

“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 made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Ed Davey tweeted:

“Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country. We will always be grateful for his amazing service We shouldn’t forget Prince Philip was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather. So our thoughts are with The Queen and the whole Family at this difficult time.”

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds said:

“I extend my sympathies to The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family following this announcement. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh gave a lifetime of duty and service not only to the Queen but to our country. He dedicated his life to many worthy causes and for that the nation should be forever  thankful.”

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12 Comments

  • Lorenzo Cherin 9th Apr '21 - 3:19pm

    Over the years I have come to regard our Constitutional Monarchy as not only effective but excellent.

    It is the professional conduct that has been so often exemplary. It is the personal qualities that set an example.

    The Queen has shown both. That her consort and partner in public and private has too, has almost, but of course not quite, been taken for granted.

    Prince Phillip was a character, as well as a man of character. His service in the war, for several years, as vital a part he played, as that in peace for several decades.

    That generation are going from us. Fortunate they were to get to such an age. Fortunate we are for their service, not least in fighting menace.

    An excellent statement from opposition and government. A cross party approach to more things would be most welcome.

  • Joseph Bourke 9th Apr '21 - 3:42pm

    Shame the Duke didn’t quite make the 100 like the Queen mother and Captain Tom Moore.
    A real character from that wartime generation who gave us some good laughs over the years. RIP.

  • Philippos Andreou of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderberg-Glücksburg Prince of Greece and Denmark who devoted himself to his adopted country.

  • One is always sorry (indeed sometimes very sad) when someone dies – even at a very great age (as was my father-in-law who served in the Navy in the Med WW11).

    But in a mature democracy it’s preferable to be a citizen rather than a subject.

  • John Marriott 9th Apr '21 - 6:06pm

    I have been a ‘Republican’ for many years. However, I acknowledge the service that the Queen, her father and mother and her husband have rendered our country. It is sad that the Duke of Edinburgh did not live long enough to get that ‘telegram’, although it’s probably a card these days, from his wife.

    He really was a character. I fear that, when his wife eventually joins him, the Monarchy will struggle to replace them in the hearts of many people.

  • Laurence Cox 9th Apr '21 - 7:42pm

    Even if he had done nothing else, HRH Prince Philip’s founding of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards for young people and his advocacy for the natural world as WWF-UK’s founding president from 1961, when hardly anyone gave it the importance that we do today, will give him a well-deserved place in history.

  • Andrew McCaig 9th Apr '21 - 10:13pm

    I think he deserves a lot of respect in particular for the Award Scheme, which teaches some active citizenship, a sense of adventure and a bit of resilience, and has spread to over 140 countries and has benefited over 8 million young people in this world. Even if some of them were “subjects”!

  • suzanne fletcher 10th Apr '21 - 1:33pm

    “he came to this country, stateless and as an immigrant”.
    he wasn’t the only one, and that needs to be remembered in all the rhetoric in this hostile environment.

  • nvelope2003 10th Apr '21 - 2:46pm

    My passport says that I am a British Citizen, probably like everyone else, so we must be a mature democracy like the remaining European monarchies and unlike the majority of republics which seem to be mostly authoritarian states if not outright dictatorships. At one time the US Senate declared in, a sudden rash of truthfulness, that the US was a republic but not a democracy, because its members did not wish to give non white people the same civil rights and still do not apparently. The US is not alone in this respect.

    All British citizens over the age of 18 were required to serve in the armed forces, or do other types of work, in the Second World War. It would appear that Prince Philip was a Greek.

    It is interesting that the people in the media who spent their careers denigrating Prince Philip seem to have changed their tune. Maybe they found that many ordinary people rather liked him or at least preferred him to his detractors.

  • nigel hunter 10th Apr '21 - 10:15pm

    It is sad that the well respected prince,a refugee from war,who was welcomed into our,then, generous country did not reach his 100th to receive his card.If there is ever talk about a statue I am sure he would not object to mentions/plaques to Captain Tom and those who grieve over their loved ones lost because of Covid.

  • All the coverage of the Prince Phillps life and times over the past few days has thrown up some interesting history.
    The Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922) was launched primarily because David Lloyd George, had promised Greece territorial gains. In 1919 Greek forces took control of the western and northwestern part of Anatolia, Their advance was checked by Turkish forces at the Battle of Sakarya in 1921. The Greek front collapsed with the Turkish counter-attack in August 1922, and the war effectively ended.
    Prince Phillips father, Prince Andrew was given command of the II Army Corps during the Battle of the Sakarya. Andrew, it seemed, considered his superior officers incompetent. He was ordered to attack the Turkish positions, which he considered a desperate move little short “of ill-concealed panic”. Refusing to put his men in undue danger, Andrew followed his own battle plan, much to the dismay of the commanding general, Anastasios Papoulas. Relieved of his chief of staff, and given a dressing-down by Papoulas, in September Andrew asked to be removed from command but Papoulas refused. Andrew’s troops were forced to retreat. He was transferred to the Supreme Army Council. In March 1922, he was appointed as commander of the V Army Corps in Epirus and the Ionian Islands. Papoulas was replaced by General Georgios Hatzianestis.
    The Greek defeat in Asia Minor in August 1922 led to the 11 September 1922 Revolution, during which Prince Andrew was arrested, court-martialed, and found guilty of “disobeying an order” and “acting on his own initiative” during the battle of the previous year. Many defendants in the treason trials that followed the coup were shot, including Hatzianestis and five senior politicians. British diplomats assumed that Andrew was also in mortal danger. Andrew was banished for life and his family fled into exile aboard a British cruiser, HMS Calypso.
    After re-capturing Smyrna, Turkish troops marched against Allied positions in the Dardanelles. Italian and French forces abandoned their positions at the straits and left the British alone. For a time, war between Britain and Turkey seemed possible, but Canada refused to agree as did France and Italy. Neither British public opinion or the British military wanted a war. The top general on the scene, Sir Charles Harington, refused to relay an ultimatum to the Turks because he counted on a negotiated settlement. The Conservatives in Britain’s coalition government refused to follow Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George, who with Winston Churchill (as Colonial secretary) was calling for war
    A meeting of Conservative MPs at the Carlton Club on 19 October 1922 was called, which passed a motion that the Conservative Party should fight the next general election as an independent party. This decision had dire ramifications for Lloyd George, as the Conservative Party made up the vast majority of the 1918–1922 post-war coalition. Lloyd George resigned as Prime Minister, never to return to cabinet level politics.

  • MPs have been recalled to parliament today to give members the opportunity to pay their tributes to Prince Phillip https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/mps-to-spend-seven-and-a-half-hours-paying-tribute-to-prince-philip-263957/
    One of the key legacies that has received wide coverage in recent days is the Duke of Edinburgh award with its focus on voluntary community service. It was an aspect that Ed Davey highlighted in his statement.

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