It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
He had been HM The Queen’s Consort since 1953. He was husband, advisor, and a constant strength to Her Majesty who described him as ‘her rock’. He was head of the family –father, grandfather and great grandfather, and he was deeply involved in the running of the Royal Estates. He was at The Queen’s side all those years until he withdrew from public duties in 2018.
Of course he was educated at Gordonstoun where he became the Guardian, or Head Boy, and then joined the Royal Navy and a distinguished, if foreshortened, career followed. Gordonstoun will be holding an online Memorial service next week; details to follow.
It was in Moray that he launched The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme which was an evolution of the Moray Badge competition started at Gordonstoun in 1937 when Prince Philip was there. It involved many other schools in Moray. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has enriched the lives of so many young people all over the world, and the Award scheme will be a major, lasting legacy.
Prince Philp was a frequent visitor to Moray. His sons and two grandchildren followed him to Gordonstoun and he, together with The Queen, regularly visited them there.
He held many appointments and patronages and he was tremendously active in supporting them all.
He was Colonel in Chief successively of The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, the Queen’s Own Highlanders and The Highlanders. He visited the Regiments in Moray and in the Highlands as well as overseas. He was Honorary Air Commodore at RAF Kinloss and was hugely disappointed when it ceased to be an RAF station. The Nimrod still at the base was named the ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ with his permission and in his honour.
He last visited Moray in 2014 when he accompanied Her Majesty on a visit to RAF Lossiemouth and to 39 Engineer Regiment at Kinloss Barracks.
Prince Philip will be remembered as a strong, courageous, straight talking and fun loving man. He gave great leadership to so many whether it was the young, whether it was encouraging technology and enterprise in business, or encouraging sporting activities and events. He was central to the continuous updating of the Monarchy over the years.
However, above all, it will be as The Queen’s enduring, loyal and supportive Consort that he will be remembered. He put that role before everything else. The Nation, Moray, mourn HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whilst also honouring and remembering him for the quite outstanding, unique part he has played during our Queen’s reign.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family.
Book of Condolence. An online Book of Condolence is now available at www.royal.uk
Donations. The Royal Family ask that memebrs of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes. See https://www.royal.uk/donations.