A Statement on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

A Statement from The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire on the announcement of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh today, Friday, 9 April, 2021.

“His Royal Highness was a hugely charismatic man, who was much loved and respected by so many.

“Prince Philip carried out over 22,000 solo engagements since 1952, including many in North Yorkshire, as well as accompanying Her Majesty The Queen at many other events. They were both at the 150th birthday celebrations of The Great Yorkshire Show in 2008 and in May 2010, they formally re-opened the Scarborough Open Air Theatre to rapturous applause; apparently the volume of noise from 6500 people was quite deafening. The Duke was also a great supporter of military events across our region.

“Prince Philip, who has been by The Queen’s side for more than 70 years, making him the longest serving Consort, dedicated his life to supporting Her Majesty. He has combined loyalty and duty without diminishing his own individual personality. They have had an extraordinary partnership which has lasted over 74 years.

“He will be fondly remembered by so many, both here and across the Commonwealth. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme will be his legacy, touching over 6 million young adults and continuing under the auspices of HRH The Earl of Wessex.”

“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will be remembered with great affection by the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

“His unwavering support for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II throughout Her Reign will always be remembered.

“On behalf of the people throughout the Lieutenancy of North Yorkshire I have conveyed to Her Majesty the Queen our deep condolences and great sympathy for the great loss She and her family have sustained.”

An online book of condolence has been set up for people wishing to pay tributes to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

To leave your own message, visit https://www.royal.uk/condolence