HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died aged 99

10.06.1921 to 09.04.2021

It is with great sadness that Romsley Parish Council learnt of the death of HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Romsley Parish Council is deeply saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family.

His life was one of remarkable service to the United Kingdom for more than 70 years. He served with distinction as an officer in the Royal Navy in the Second World War, including in the Indian Ocean and during the allied landings in Sicily. He served as the longest Consort in history by the side of HRH The Queen since she ascended the throne in 1952, accompanying her in her duties around the UK and across the globe. He represented the UK until his retirement in 2017 at the age of 96.

HRH Prince Philip helped create the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which began in 1956 to help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence, and resilience to navigate adult life successfully. He became the UK president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 1961 and remained its President emeritus. He supported over 780 organisations, was a keen sportsman and a skilled equestrian.

We hope we can speak on behalf of Romsley parishioners in showing our respect at this time to our nations’ Royal Family.

Due to Covid-19, a book of condolence will not be available in the County, but it is thought that an online book will be available via Buckingham Palace; we will provide the link to this once it has been officially opened.

If you wish to pay your respects by laying flowers, these can be placed at St Kenelm’s Playing Fields at the base of the WW1 memorial soldiers; please remove any cellophane first.