Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh

Buckingham Palace announced this morning, “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.”

Prince Philip was two months from his 100th birthday. There is much to be said about him but I will leave those words to the one who knew him best.

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“If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction, I am for it.” The Queen’s Silver Wedding speech at the Guildhall, November 1972.

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“During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure. Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide.” The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee address to Parliament at Westminster Hall, March 2012.

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“All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner. The Queen’s Golden Wedding Anniversary speech at Banqueting House, London, November 1997.

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“I take this opportunity to mention the strength I draw from my own family. The Duke of Edinburgh has made an invaluable contribution to my life over these past fifty years, as he has to so many charities and organisations with which he has been involved.” The Queen’s Golden Jubilee speech at the Guildhall, June 2002.

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“I don’t know that anyone had invented the term platinum’ for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born. You weren’t expected to be around that long.” The Queen’s 2017 Christmas message

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“Even Prince Philip has decided it’s time to slow down a little—having, as he economically put it, “done his bit”. But I know his support and unique sense of humour will remain as strong as ever.’” The Queen’s 2017 Christmas message

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“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.” The Queen’s Golden Wedding Anniversary speech at Banqueting House, London, November 1997.

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We wish the entire British royal family our deep sympathy and join them in celebrating Prince Philip’s remarkable life.

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37 thoughts on “Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh

  1. 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.

  2. Thank you, HatQueen, for this wonderful visual tribute and collection of messages from the leaders around the world. As I watched that National Press Club clip, I realized with surprise how rarely I ever heard Prince Philip speak, though I’ve seen thousands of photos of him over the years.

    And also thank you, Joanne, for posting that particular photo of the royal couple — that is also my favorite photo of them, and I was looking for it to share but you beat me to it.

    What a terrible loss to The Queen and to the nation. Though he may have walked a step behind, his achievements and influence were immeasurable and he will certainly be missed.

  3. I can’t say it any better than all of you who have already posted, but I, too wanted to add my heartfelt sympathy to HM Queen Elizabeth and her family. I lost my father on February 27, so I know exactly what you are going through. Grief seems to come in waves.

  4. What a beautiful tribute! Thank you HatQueen for all these lovely and moving photos. Prince Philip was a true gentleman. RIP Sir.

  5. What a lovely tribute, Hat Queen, to this extraordinary gentleman (and terrific hat wearer). I can’t imagine the loss to HM Queen Elisabeth after such a long companionship. May he rest peacefully.

  6. Being Queen must be such a lonely job and without him even more so. The lovely photographs showing Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip together make her loss so much more poignant. Having a companion by her side probably made those endless state visits and public appearances much more bearable. I feel so sorry for Queen Elizabeth.

  7. A lovely tribute, thank you. I’m glad that at his age and after a lifetime of service he passed peacefully. He had earned a gentle end.
    I’ve always thought that while a meal with Elizabeth might be interesting, dining with Phillip would likely have been fun!
    A genuine and touching obituary has been published in The Guardian, something of a republican newspaper, which is freely available online. Phillip’s early life wasn’t easy. Blessings on him.

  8. A lovely tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh. We have lost a prolific royal hat wearer, especially as men’s royal hat appearances are often fleeting. My thoughts are with HM The Queen at this time of immense loss for her and her family.

  9. Such a wonderful post, Hat Queen. Like others said, I feel the Duke was an extraordinary man, cut from a different fabric – rarely to be seen these days. He wore hats with great panache and was a true gentleman through and through. May he Rest In Peace.

  10. Out of all the tributes I’ve seen today to the “Iron Duke,” this one is the most beautiful. You managed to capture his remarkable life in one glorious hat-wearing experience after another.

    It truly is the end of an era. For most of us, he has been the only Prince Consort we have ever known. He lived a life of duty and service to his Queen, his country and the Commonwealth. His reach was far and his life well-lived. My deepest condolences to Her Majesty and the Royal Family.

  11. Lovely tribute, HatQueen. What a hard loss for Her Majesty.

    I can’t think of another royal gentleman who has worn hats with such panache.

  12. The Duke of Edinburgh certainly lived a life few could, or will ever, equal.
    And with such sartorial style and panache. Nobody wore a bowler hat like he could! (not to mention a bearskin!)

    Sincere condolences to Her Majesty and the Royal Family.

    Thank you HatQueen for the beautifully curated post, it’s a lovely tribute.

  13. Just lovely. And exactly what we’d expect from you.

    A fitting tribute to a man who supported the Queen so much, and made the Royal Family so much what it is.

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