Vale Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Vale Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

9 APRIL 2021



10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

The Australian Monarchist League tonight mourns the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh, who has died aged 99 at Windsor Castle.


Ever since he knelt before the Queen and swore to be Her Majesty’s “liege man of life and limb” at her
Coronation in 1953, the Duke worked tirelessly as a steadfast, principled patron of the people of Great
Britain, Australia, and all of the Commonwealth Realms.

The Duke’s commitment to the armed forces, informed by his years of active service in the British
Royal Navy, was profound. The Duke was a Companion (Military Division) and later a Knight (General
Division) of the Order of Australia, as well as holding the honorary military positions of Admiral of the
Fleet of the Royal Australian Navy, Field Marshal of the Australian Army, Colonel-in-Chief of the
Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Colonel-in-Chief of the Australian Army Cadets
and Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Duke was a beloved husband of 73 years and a loyal consort of 69 years. He was a father of
four, a grandfather of eight, and a great-grandfather of ten and family was of the utmost importance to

The Duke served as a patron of more than 800 organisations, devoting enormous energies to causes
close to his heart, such as the environment, industry, sport and education.

Over 775,000 young people aged 14-24 have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in
Australia since its establishment in 1956, together with the youth of more than 130 countries around
the world. Its values of responsibility, engagement with community, and perseverance are a lifelong

His Royal Highness was the longest-lived male member of the British royal family and his time as
royal consort exceeds that of any other consort of the British royal family.

Alongside the Duke’s royal commitments, His Royal Highness was also known for his enjoyment of
polo, carriage driving, flying, painting and good humour.

It should be noted that the Duke only retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, aged 96, having
completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

This is a time of deep sadness for Her Majesty the Queen, HRH Prince Charles and his siblings, as
well as their children and grandchildren.

Australians join with those mourning around the world in remembering the Duke with gratitude for his
lifetime of public service. The thoughts and prayers of the Australian Monarchist League are with the
Royal Family and all those who mourn at this time of grief.


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