It was announced by Buckingham Palace today (09/04) that His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip had passed away, aged 99.
The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history. A statement from the Palace read:
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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.”
Public figures from across Wales and the Vale of Glamorgan have added their statements of condolence to the public space as the nation enters eight days of mourning.
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford said of the Duke’s passing:
“It is with great sadness that we learn today of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. Throughout his long life, Prince Philip served with selfless devotion and a remarkable generosity of spirit.
“On behalf of the Welsh Government, and people in all parts of Wales, I offer our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, Her Majesty’s children and their families on this sad occasion.
“The Duke of Edinburgh will be sorely missed by the many Welsh organisations that he supported as patron or President over so many decades of service.”
As a mark of respect, flags at major sites including the Senedd in Cardiff Bay and the Civic Offices in Barry are flying at half-mast, as the country enters its period of national mourning until the morning of the funeral.
Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns, met Prince Phillip in his role as former Welsh Secretary. He spoke to Bro Radio earlier today:
“I had the privilege of meeting Prince Philip on a number of occasions and what struck me most was his dry sense of humour and mischievous attitude as well as his positive approach to all issues when we discussed wide problems in community and society, he always took the most positive way forward, but of course, although Prince Philip has sadly passed away, Her Majesty and the Royal Family have lost someone who was much loved by them, was a great friend to them in times of need and I am sure that there will be many in the community that will look on with sadness and respect and recognise his contribution to the success of the monarchy over the last generations.”
MP Cairns also spoke of how the Duke of Edinburgh award, a scheme that the Prince founded in 1956, and how it demonstrated his “can-do attitude” saying:
“Locally, of course, there will be hundreds and thousands of young people who will have completed the Duke of Edinburgh awards and that demonstrates his positive approach, demonstrates his can-do attitude that he always took and I think that Prince Philip, as of 99 years of age, right the way through to young people that were happy to take part in the awards that he established, the Bronze, Silver and Gold award – and of course the Gold award winners were invited to Buckingham Palace in recognition of the achievement, so it’s with sadness that we pay due respect to Prince Philip and also offer our prayers and thoughts to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.”
Member of the Senedd for the Vale of Glamorgan, Jane Hutt also reflected upon her meetings with Prince Philip in her statement released earlier today, having also met the Prince at his Duke of Edinburgh awards.
“It is incredibly sad to hear the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip who served his country, his crown so selflessly, as the First Minister Mark Drakeford has said, and he will be sorely missed by the people of Wales and, of course, here in the Vale of Glamorgan.
“I particularly remember meeting him when I went to the ceremony for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold – remembering how they were up on the Brecon Beacons, doing their community service, that was a fantastic scheme lead by the Duke of Edinburgh. He had so many organisations that he supported, that he was patron of, and of course every time the Senedd, the Welsh Parliament now, the National Assembly was opened officially by the Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, of course he was there by her side, so we got to know him well and of course, so proud of the fact that he was there with the Queen and I really send our greatest condolences and sympathies to Her Royal Highness and her family from the whole of the Vale of Glamorgan, I am sure.”
Cllr Jayne Norman, Mayor of the Vale, also issued a statement following the death of Prince Philip, saying:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time. All flags at the Civic Offices in Barry are being flown at half-mast. Vale residents wishing to pay their respects can do so using the online book of condolence on the Council’s website.”
In a statement this afternoon, the Royal Family said:
“During the current public health situation, books of condolence will not be available for the public to sign.
“The Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of the Duke.
“An online book of condolence is available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence via royal.uk.”
LISTEN AGAIN: A Bro Radio Special on the passing of Prince Philip.