HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday 9th April 2021. We, at HCR104fm, join with the Queen and all the nation in mourning his passing.
The whole of his married life was devoted to his wife who only a few years after their marriage became Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. He became her Consort and stayed by her side for all 73 years of their time together. The Queen on the occasion of their Golden Wedding paid tribute to her husband in a speech at the Banqueting House in 1997 saying “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.” Here was a man who completed the pledge he made to her at her coronation saying ‘faith and truth I will bear unto you’. Prince Philip has discharged that oath with distinction because he has always been there for her.
Prince Philip had no constitutional significance but once he found a role, he pursued that strongly, whilst at the same time, always being a support to his wife as they brought up their family.
In 1956 he formed The Duke of Edinburgh Awards. He took the chair of that organisation which, to this day, affords young people between the age of 14 to 25 the chance to gain new experiences that help them improve their lifestyle, physical fitness and improve their employability prospects. The spread of the Award across the globe is a testament to its universal appeal and the vision of the founder. Initially the movement was set up for boys but only a couple of years later the scheme was opened for girls also.
Prince Philip served for 20 years as the UK President of the World Wild Life fund at a time before it was fashionable to embrace conservation issues. He was kept extremely busy attending around 350 appointments every year excluding his engagements accompanying the Queen, before he retired from “active service” in 2017.
In February 2021 he was admitted to King Edward VII hospital in London as a “precautionary measure” after feeling unwell. In March he was transferred to St Bartholomew’s hospital to continue treatment for an infection and additionally to undergo tests and observation relating to a pre-existing heart condition. He was transferred back to Edward VII hospital and discharged home on 16th March where he was reunited with the Queen. The couple had spent most of the last year together in Windsor Castle during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Buckingham Palace announced on Friday morning (9th April) that the Duke had passed away peacefully.
HCR104fm joins with the people of Huntingdon and others around the world in mourning his loss. You will be greatly missed Sir, and we Salute You.