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The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021

Today we share very sad news.

That is the official announcement from the Royal Family site.  Below, the announcement as posted on social media.

A notice with the news was posted on an easel at Buckingham Palace.

Because of the pandemic, it was removed after an hour in an effort to keep crowds from gathering.  People brought flowers and other remembrances to the gates at the Palace. 

Nor will there be Books of Condolence available for the public to sign. Instead, there will be an electronic version

The Royal Family requested “that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke.” 

The scene at Picadilly Circus. 

From The Telegraph’s coverage

Britain has entered eight days of mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh during which flags will be flown at half mast, TV presenters will wear black and Parliament will pass no new laws.

Between now and Prince Philip’s funeral, the Queen will not carry out any duties either in public or in private, and any new laws requiring Royal Assent will not be sent to her for approval.

At Parliament.

From the Royal Family website:

During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified Funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen. Details will be confirmed in due course. 

In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current Government guidance, not to gather in crowds, and not to visit Royal residences to pay their respects. 

And at Windsor, where HM is staying. CNN reports Price Charles visited his mother today at Windsor. 

From the BBC:  

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor – but the arrangements have been amended in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the College of Arms said in a statement.

It added that the funeral will not be a state funeral, and the duke will not lie in state.

The duke will, however, lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of a funeral, the College of Arms said, “in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes”.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

And from the Royal Family site

On Saturday, 10th April at 1200, a Death Gun Salute will be fired to mark the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Across the United Kingdom, in Gibraltar and on Her Majesty’s Ships at sea, 41 rounds will be fired at one round every minute for 40 minutes. The Gun Salutes will be broadcast online and on television, and members of the public are encouraged to watch from home.

In London, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will use the same guns that were fired for Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Wedding in 1947, and at The Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.  He would have been 100 on June 10.  Below, an official 70th wedding anniversary photo. 

From Patricia Treble’s obituary in Maclean’s

Philip proposed to the 20-year-old princess in September 1946. He had little money and few possessions, yet the future Queen didn’t care. At the urging of her parents, they kept the engagement a secret for 10 months to be sure of their decision, during which time Philip became a naturalized British citizen. He took the name Philip Mountbatten, the name his mother’s family adopted when their German title of Battenberg was extinguished during the First World War.

Below, the couple with Princess Margaret in a photo for the announcement of the couple’s engagement in 1947.

And an image from the wedding at Westminster Abbey. 

In comments made on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, HM said, “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.” Below, a 60th-anniversary photo. 

From this BBC story

The BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said it was “a moment of sadness” for the country and “most particularly, for the Queen losing her husband of 73 years – a bigger span of years than most of us can imagine”.

He said Prince Philip had made “a huge contribution to the success of the Queen’s reign”, describing the duke as “utterly loyal in his belief in the importance of the role that the Queen was fulfilling – and in his duty to support her”.

“It was the importance of the solidity of that relationship, of their marriage, that was so crucial to the success of her reign,” he added.

Below, the last official photo of the couple, released for their 73rd anniversary in November, as they look at a card made by the Cambridge children.  

There are many other sites to read very well done obituaries and notable pieces, but I thought today we would look back at photos from occasions where we saw the Duke of Edinburgh and Duchess of Cambridge together.  Here you see an image following William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.

Trooping the Colour in June 2011

You don’t see him in this photo, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined other family members for a service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, marking the Duke of Edinburgh’s 90th birthday, also in June 2011.

The Duchess accompanied HM and Prince Philip in March 2012 for engagements launching the UK portion of the Jubilee Tour.

The Jubilee River Pageant in June 2012. 

At Trooping the Colour in 2012

During a visit to Baker Street Station in March 2013.

Prince George’s christening in October 2013. 

And Trooping the Colour 2014.

At Sandringham on Christmas Day 2014

A March 2015 service honoring those who served in Afghanistan.  

Trooping the Colour in June 2015

Princess Charlotte’s christening in July 2015. 

A formal portrait from the christening. 

A December 2015 service when the Duchess took on Prince Philip’s role as Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets. 

At a Sandringham service in January 2016, marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.  

The Queen’s 90th birthday celebration at Windsor in May 2016.

Also in May 2016, a Buckingham Palace garden party

At a National Service of Thanksgiving in June 2016 commemorating the Queen’s 90th birthday. 

And Trooping the Colour 2016.

At a luncheon the next day celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday in June 2016.

The Festival of Remembrance in November 2016

The Diplomatic Reception in 2016

On the way to church services at Sandringham in January 2017.

At the March 2017 unveiling of the Iran Afghanistan Memorial, you see Prince Philip on the far right.

Also in March 2017, the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. 

A May 2017 garden party at Buckingham Palace. 

At Trooping the Colour in June 2017. At Royal Ascot 2017 as a moment of silence was observed in memory of the London and Manchester terror attack and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Attending 2017’s Festival of Remembrance.

Christmas at Sandringham in 2017. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s May 2018 wedding

And Princess Eugenie’s October 2018 wedding

There are events not shown in this post because there aren’t photos of both Prince Philip and the Duchess of Cambridge (Epsom Derby, Order of the Garter, etc.). 

Below, the Duke at his final individual public engagement in August 2017.

And a final photo of the Duke, this one from 2014 as he presented medals to the Royal Regiment of Scotland in June 2014 in Germany.



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Princess S.D.

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Susan, thank you so much for this post, and all of your posts. Your coverage is always respectful and courteous, and I appreciate that. You attract readers who also seem to be respectful and courteous, and I appreciate that as well! Thank you for your work, your attention to detail, your observations, and your absolute lack of snark and judgement. I appreciate you.


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Thank you Susan for this lovely post.


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Duke is a very nice and soft spoken on my knowledge. Deepest condolence to the royal family and all of us (people) in deep grieve. May his soul rest in peace.

Lisa Strom

Monday 12th of April 2021

Bravo Susan, such a lovely tribute to the Duke! I feel so very sad for Her Majesty, she seems so alone now. May I ask if you know when the funeral will be broadcast in the US? I have looked on the BBC guide for Saturday AM & am not seeing a listing. Would dearly like to record it so I may belatedly pay my respects after I am off work.

Tracy Robinson

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

I understand that ABC’s coverage starts at 8:30Am CST Saturday.


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

It may not be listed but I am certain, that BBC and ITV will broadcast the funeral live. The reason is that people shall stay at home and watch the funeral on TV instead of going to Windsor. The government and the Royal Family discourage gatherings due to the pandemic. The funeral is scheduled at 3pm BST


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

I do *not* know, Lisa, I'm sorry. I will keep looking and include it in a post if I find anything out, and also post on Facebook/Twitter.


Monday 12th of April 2021

Prince Philip was my "birthmate" - we share our 6/10 birthday, though separated by several decades. I was really looking forward to his marking his 100th. Thank you for all the photos, especially those where he and Kate are clearly sharing a moment. Given his life of service and experience as consort to the monarch, I'm sure he must have truly appreciated her, and vice versa.

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