We received the sad news that on the 9th of April 2021, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip had died at the age of 99. Married to Her Majesty The Queen for 73 years, the Prince was described as a “strength and stay” not only to Her Majesty but to his family, friends and many across the world.
The Duke was a remarkable man who, in his time, was not only key to the development of the modern monarchy, but relentlessly pursued the interests of the crown through his involvement with around 992 charities wildlife conservation, education, technology research, science and more. Most notably was his founding of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the charity profoundly stating his “timeless vision for young people has never more been relevant or needed”.
The Charities Aid Foundation, of which the Duke had been a patron for over 47 years, echoed the sentiment saying his “irreplaceable contribution” to charities over the years will be “sorely missed”.
The Prince was born into the Greek and Danish Royal families on 10th June 1921. Following an education across Europe including Gordonstoun and The Elms in Paris, his subsequent career in the Royal Navy saw him rise to the rank of first lieutenant of HMS Wallace by 21, one of the youngest in the Royal Navy. By this point, he had already been introduced to Princess Elizabeth and, following a period of loving correspondence, the pair announced their engagement on 10th July 1947.
As the longest-serving consort in British history, the Duke’s passing will be deeply felt, no more so than by his wife, Her Majesty The Queen. A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday said: “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.”
We were honoured to welcome Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh to our showroom, helping celebrate our 150th anniversary. It was a privilege to share our appreciation for exceptional craftsmanship with The Duke of Edinburgh.
The staff at Hamilton & Inches send their deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, and the family members across the Royal Household. An extraordinary man who contributed in so many ways to our country and beyond, he will be deeply missed across the world.