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Sport governing bodies pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh
The Premier League and other sports competitions will pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh this weekend following his death at the age of 99.
Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that Prince Philip had died.

Tributes to his lifetime of service poured in from the world of sport, and sportsmen and women up and down the country will observe silences and wear black armbands as a mark of respect.

It is understood there are no plans for Government to ask sports to cancel any events this weekend, and instead sports will be free to pay their respects in the most appropriate way they see fit.

Flags at Wembley and St George’s Park will fly at half-mast, the Football Association has announced.

“We have sent our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, following the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,” an FA tweet read.

“As a mark of our respect, all flags at @WembleyStadium and St George’s Park will fly at half-mast.”

A two-minute silence was observed before the afternoon session at Friday’s County Championship matches.

Players and other staff wore black armbands and flags at grounds were lowered to half-mast.

England and Wales Cricket Board chair Ian Watmore said: “I’m sure I speak for the entire cricket family when I say how sad I am to hear of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“His passion for the game we all love was well known and the trophies presented to the men’s and women’s county champions are a tribute to his dedication to our sport. We owe him a great debt for his support and passion over many decades.”

The Rugby Football League, the Rugby Football Union and the Welsh Rugby Union also paid tribute to Prince Philip’s lifetime of service and expressed their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.

RFL chair Simon Johnson said: “As a sport, we will stand in tribute and reflection at our Challenge Cup matches this weekend to mark the life of The Duke of Edinburgh, whose life was a model of dedication to public service.”

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho learned of the Duke’s death during his press conference before Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United, and said: “I would like to express my condolences to the Royal family and to be very honest and say I have the utmost respect for the Royal family.

“I believe that it is not just this country that is going to be sharing these feelings, because I’m not English and I know that many like myself, we have the utmost respect.”

Aintree will hold a two-minute silence before the start of racing on day two of the Grand National meeting.

The Duke of Edinburgh was an honorary member of the Jockey Club.

The two-minute silence will take place on course at 1.35 – and racing will then get under way, as scheduled, at 1.45.

Jockeys will be invited to wear black armbands, and flags at Aintree are being flown at half-mast.

Senior Jockey Club steward Sandy Dudgeon said: “We received the news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death with great sadness. On behalf of the Jockey Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to our patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and all members of the Royal Family.”

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

Queen’s ‘deep sorrow’ as ‘beloved husband’ Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99
The Queen is grieving for her beloved husband the Duke of Edinburgh who has died aged 99.
Buckingham Palace announced Philip’s death just after midday issuing a statement that spoke about how the royal family joined with people across the globe “mourning his loss”.

The Palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.

“Further announcements will made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The announcement of Philip’s death reflected tradition and modern times with the statement tweeted on the royal family account and also a framed notice attached to the railings of Buckingham Palace for a short period.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of the first national figures to pay tribute to the duke – longest-serving consort in British history.

Speaking from a podium in Downing Street, Mr Johnson said: “He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.

“With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.

“We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.

“Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her ‘strength and stay’, of more than 70 years.

“And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today.

“Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.”

Tributes also flooded in from around the world, including from the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, Irish premier Micheal Martin, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

European royal families remembered Philip as a “great friend” who “never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression”, with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden hailing the duke as “an inspiration to us all”.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said Philip was an “outstanding example of Christian service”, adding: “On the occasions when I met him, I was always struck by his obvious joy at life, his enquiring mind and his ability to communicate to people from every background and walk of life. He was a master at putting people at their ease and making them feel special.”

Members of the public have also started placing floral tributes at the front gates of Buckingham Palace and outside Windsor Castle.

The Cabinet will meet at 5pm to pay tribute to the duke and Parliament will be recalled from its Easter recess on Monday, a day earlier than its scheduled return.

The death of the duke comes in the midst of the worst public health crisis for generations as the UK and countries around the globe reel from the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It has also taken place in the aftermath of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell Oprah interview which left the monarchy in crisis after Meghan accused an unnamed royal of racism and the institution of failing to help her when she was suicidal.

Philip had returned to Windsor Castle on March 16 to be reunited with the Queen after spending a month in hospital – his longest ever stay.

He initially received care for an infection but then underwent heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.

The duke had looked gaunt as he was driven away from King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London, having been pushed in a wheelchair to the waiting car.

Philip – father to the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – was just two months away from his 100th birthday in June.

He spent much of the Covid-19 crisis staying with the Queen at Windsor in HMS Bubble – the nickname given to the couple’s reduced household of devoted staff during lockdown.

Philip briefly stepped out of retirement in July 2020 when he carried out a rare official public engagement at Windsor.

The duke looked in fine form as he made his way down the steps to the Castle’s quadrangle for a socially distanced ceremony to hand over his Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles role to the Duchess of Cornwall, who was almost 100 miles away at Highgrove.

He showed he had lost none of his mischievous sense of humour when he joked with one of the soldiers about their fitness levels.

In April 2020, the duke released his first major statement since his retirement, praising key workers including refuse and postal staff, for keeping essential services running during the pandemic.

He was also pictured with the monarch at the Berkshire castle to mark his 99th birthday on June 10, at the secret lockdown wedding of his granddaughter Princess Beatrice on July 17 and with the Queen to mark their 73rd wedding anniversary in November.

On December 18, Philip released a rare public message praising teachers and school staff for their efforts teaching the nation’s children during the pandemic.

The Queen and Philip spent a quiet Christmas in 2020 at Windsor alone, except for their staff, and Buckingham Palace announced on January 9 2021, during England’s third national lockdown, that they had both received their Covid-19 vaccinations.

But the duke was hospitalised for a month from the middle of February, eventually having heart surgery.

The royal family has experienced troubled times in recent years.

They had to deal with Megxit, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit as senior royals in order to earn their own money in the US, following frustrations with their role within the monarchy and Harry’s rift with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge.

Then on March 7 2021, Harry and Meghan’s explosive two hour televised Oprah Winfrey interview was aired.

In November 2019, the Queen and Philip’s second son the Duke of York stepped down from public duties, following his disastrous Newsnight interview about his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Philip survived a car crash when he was 97 near the Sandringham estate early in 2019, emerging unscathed when his vehicle flipped over after colliding with another carrying two women and a baby.

He was initially trapped and had to to be helped out of the sunroof by a passing motorist.

Shortly after, he was pictured driving on the estate without a seat belt.

He voluntarily surrendered his driving licence and the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed he would face no further action.

The duke was the oldest serving partner of a reigning monarch.

He and the Queen celebrated a poignant personal milestone in November 2017 – their platinum wedding anniversary.

In 1997, in a speech to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, the Queen touchingly paid tribute to her husband, summing up his far-reaching influence.

“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments,” she said. “But 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.”

Philip was the youngest child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece, an officer in the Greek army, and Princess Alice of Battenberg.

Although he was a Prince of Greece, he had no Greek blood and his complex background was in fact Danish, German, Russian and British. He was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10 1921.

In the early 1920s, Greece was politically unstable and Philip’s family fled in exile.

King George V ordered that a Royal Navy ship should evacuate them, and 18-month-old Philip was carried to safety in a cot made from an orange box in December 1922.

The family settled in Paris but Philip later went to stay with relatives in Britain, where he attended boarding school.

Although they had met previously, the 18-year-old Philip, and 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth – both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria – had their first publicised meeting in July 1939 at Dartmouth Naval College.

The tall, blond, good-looking and athletic prince impressed Lilibet by jumping over the college tennis nets.

Philip was a dashing naval officer in the Second World War and saw active service against German, Italian and Japanese forces.

He married Princess Elizabeth in a fairytale wedding in the austere world of post-war Britain in November 1947.

Their idyllic life as a Royal Navy husband and wife was shattered when King George VI’s health began to fail.

He died in 1952 and the Queen acceded to the throne.

The royal couple had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

Political leaders unite in tribute to Duke of Edinburgh
Political leaders from across the spectrum have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh after his death at the age of 99.
Speaking at a podium outside Downing Street on Friday, Boris Johnson said Philip would be remembered for his “steadfast support” of the Queen, as well as his awards scheme which “inspired” countless young people.

The Prime Minister said: “He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.

“With his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.”

In a reference to the duke’s love of carriage driving, Mr Johnson said Philip “helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life”.

The flags above Downing Street were lowered to half-mast after the news broke at noon.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the UK has “lost an extraordinary public servant in Prince Philip”.

He said: “He will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to the Queen.”

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said she was “saddened” by the news and sent her “personal and deepest condolences, and those of the Scottish government and people of Scotland, to Her Majesty the Queen and her family”.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said the Duke “dedicated his life to our country” and “we will always be grateful for his amazing service”.

Campaigning was suspended ahead of elections in May as a mark of respect to the duke and the Commons will be recalled from its Easter recess on Monday.

Mr Johnson’s predecessors in 10 Downing Street also paid tribute to Philip.

Tony Blair said the duke was a “man of foresight, determination and courage”.

“He was often way ahead of his time in protection of the environment, in reconciliation between religious faiths and of course in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which remains one of the most innovative and effective programmes for the betterment of young people anywhere in the world,” the Labour ex-prime minister said.

David Cameron said Philip left an “incredible legacy”, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

“He showed true dedication to our country, with unstinting service stretching back to his courageous naval duty in the Second World War,” Mr Cameron said.

“He has been a huge part of our national life since long before most of us were born.

“It was an honour and privilege as prime minister to see up close what a powerful advocate the duke was for the causes he believed in.”

Gordon Brown said he had benefited from the duke’s experience early in his career.

The former Labour prime minister told the PA news agency: “I was personally fortunate to benefit from the duke’s wisdom on many occasions, not least early on when I was rector of Edinburgh University at the age of only 21 and he was the chancellor, and he gave good advice.”

Mr Brown added: “Like the whole of our country, I am grateful not just for the public service he gave but for his dedication of his life to our country.”

Theresa May said: “The nation and the entire Commonwealth owe Prince Philip an extraordinary debt of gratitude for a distinguished life of service to the Queen, our country and so many around the world.”

Sir John Major said it was “impossible to exaggerate” the role played by the duke in a lifetime of service to the monarchy and the nation.

“A distinguished naval officer, he was – for over 70 years – the ballast to our Ship of State,” Sir John said.

“Modest to the core, and hating any kind of fuss or bother, he epitomised the British spirit and remained true to himself right up to the very end.

“The outpouring of affection and sadness that will follow his loss would both surprise and embarrass him, but it will be real and heartfelt.”

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

Holyrood election campaigning suspended as tributes paid to Duke of Edinburgh
Scotland’s major political parties have suspended campaigning for the Holyrood election following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The SNP, Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Greens and Alba have all said they will cease campaigning.

Tory leader Douglas Ross said his party will head back on to the campaign trail on Monday.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was among those paying tribute in Scotland.

She said in a statement: “On behalf of the people of Scotland, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and the rest of the royal family.

“Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time and their grief is shared by people across the country.

“The Duke of Edinburgh had deep and longstanding ties to Scotland, attending school here at Gordonstoun and regularly holidaying at Balmoral Castle.

“From his patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, to his close association with the University of Edinburgh as chancellor for over 50 years and his commitments to countless charities and organisations, Prince Philip’s long contribution to public life in Scotland will leave a profound mark on its people.”

But the First Minister has urged Scots not to lay floral tributes at Balmoral or the Palace of Holyroodhouse, as would be customary.

She added: “Online books of condolence will open in the coming days to allow people to pay their respects.

“In line with current restrictions, the Royal Household has requested that members of the public do not leave floral tributes or gather at the Palace of Holyroodhouse or Balmoral Castle at this time.

“The Palace has suggested that people could donate to charity instead, if they wish to do so.”

A notice announcing the death has been posted on the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh.

Flags were lowered to half-mast there, as well as at the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government and local authority buildings.

Mr Ross said: “In the middle of a political campaign, this is a reminder of what’s most important in life.

“We have lost a tremendous public servant who for decades served his Queen and country. My heartfelt condolences are with Her Majesty and all of the royal family.

“This is not the time for political campaigning. It is a time for national mourning.”

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack described the duke as “an amazing man” and “a great character”.

He said: “His Royal Highness had a long and fond relationship with Scotland and, through his fantastic Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, has played a key role in building the confidence, ambition and aspiration of thousands of young Scots.

“As we reflect on the duke’s life, we give thanks for his remarkable lifetime of dignity and devoted service, and extend our deepest condolences to the royal family.”

Scotland’s other political leaders also paid tribute, with Scottish Labour’s Anas Sarwar offering his party’s sympathies and saying: “Scotland is today mourning the loss of a dedicated public servant who contributed so much to our country.

“My thoughts are with the entire royal family and Her Majesty the Queen, following the death of her beloved husband.”

Former prime minister Gordon Brown said Prince Philip would be “mourned in every continent”.

Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “We recognise that the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh will be felt deeply by some across the country and express our sympathies with his family, who join many others who have lost loved ones in this last year.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said Philip had “99 years of an outstanding life and 70 years of astonishing service”.

He said the duke was “often colourful” with “often controversial language”, but was “always absolutely dedicated to his wife the Queen and to the country”.

Former first minister and Alba Party leader Alex Salmond praised Philip’s service to the UK, saying: “On behalf of the Alba Party, my condolences go to Her Majesty the Queen. The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest serving consort in history and no-one can question that record of public service.”

He added: “On a personal level, I found Prince Philip direct and forthright but always welcoming and with a fine, enquiring mind.”

Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh said the duke had always expressed “unwavering support” for Holyrood.

Philip’s former school, Gordonstoun in Moray, paid tribute in a statement.

School principal Lisa Kerr said staff and pupils will remember him as “someone who made students feel at ease in his presence and who shared their love of Gordonstoun”.

She added: “He had an immensely strong character, combined with a unique sense of fun, infectious optimism and strong sense of duty.”

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

Flags to fly at half mast until morning after Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral
Flags will fly at half mast on UK Government buildings in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh from now until the morning after his funeral.
Following Philip’s death on Friday, guidance was issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the flying of official flags.

All such flags, which include Union Flags and any national flag, are to be “half-masted on all UK government buildings as soon as possible today until 0800 on the day following the funeral”, the department said.

It advises that any non-official flags, which include for example the rainbow flag or Armed Forces flag, should be taken down and replaced with a Union Flag flying at half-mast.

The department said devolved administrations would issue instructions “for the flying of the Union flag and other official flags on buildings in their estate and others as necessary”.

The Welsh Government has said flags will be flown at half mast on all Government buildings there.

Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh expressed his condolences on Twitter, as he ordered the flags outside Holyrood to fly at half mast.

On the other side of the world Australian prime minister Scott Morrison announced that flags there would be lowered “in honour of His Royal Highness”, who he said had visited the Commonwealth country on more than 20 occasions.

The Union flag on Buckingham Palace was at half mast on Friday, while a framed plaque announcing Philip’s death was placed on the front gates by royal household staff.

The notice remained on the gates for around an hour before being taken down, and some people laid flowers.

Members of the public had been told to wear a mask and line up behind a barrier to view the plaque, while some police officers on horses stopped small crowds from gathering.

People are being asked not to gather outside royal residences or lay flowers, as coronavirus rules remain in place.

A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office said: “Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, we are asking the public not to gather at royal residences, and continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel.

“We are supporting the royal household in asking that floral tributes should not be laid at royal residences at this time.”

The statement on the plaque outside Buckingham 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.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

The only man who treated the Queen as another human being
She was the Queen, but the Duke of Edinburgh never shied away from telling his wife exactly what was what.
Lord Charteris, the monarch’s former private secretary, once recalled: “Prince Philip is the only man in the world who treats the Queen simply as another human being.

“He’s the only man who can. Strange as it may seem, I believe she values that,” he told royal writer Gyles Brandreth.

The success of the couple’s long-lasting marriage, which spanned more than 70 years, was put down to their compatibility. They shared interests and had the same dutiful royal training.

Both loved horses and the outdoor life; both were undemonstrative by nature, regarding displays of emotion as something to be kept private.

Yet in character, the Queen and Philip were markedly different.

She was passive, cautious and conventional; he was more adventurous, tempestuous and active.

Their partnership was a traditional one and the Queen grew up in a world where it was the man who was in charge behind closed doors.

A friend of the royals once told biographer Sarah Bradford: “He shouts at the Queen sometimes like he shouts at other people and she doesn’t seem to mind.

“It’s as if she thinks that’s how husbands behave.”

There were moments when Philip’s bluntness would embarrass the Queen, but she was not averse to telling him herself to “Shut up”.

She knew how to handle him and would retort: “Oh Philip, do shut up. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

When he shouted at her in private, she would calmly ignore it.

The Queen clearly adored the duke. During public engagements, she could sometimes be seen waiting for him to catch up with her as he lingered behind entertaining the guests.

“Where’s Philip?” she would ask and, on catching sight of him walking towards her, she would give a small chuckle and flash him a beaming smile.

In the early days of their marriage, Philip was sometimes strident and, according to close friends, Elizabeth would not fight back.

Later she learned to resist and, in the end, the royal couple achieved a kind of harmony, said the Queen’s biographer, Ben Pimlott.

But their domestic relationship could perhaps best be illustrated by an anecdote recounted by Lord Mountbatten.

Philip, who had a record of minor motoring accidents, was driving his wife and Uncle Dickie to Cowdray Park.

The Queen, worried about the speed at which Philip was going, started to tense herself and draw in breath.

Eventually her husband turned to her and barked: “If you do that once more I shall put you out of the car.”

She stopped immediately.

When they arrived, Lord Mountbatten asked her: “Why didn’t you protest? You were quite right – he was going much too fast.”

The Queen looked puzzled and replied: “But you heard what he said.”

The difficulties faced by the royal family during 1992, the Queen’s “annus horribilis”, were said to have brought the couple closer together.

The duke, who had mellowed with age, became noticeably more considerate and supportive.

“He’s unsung for the total support he gives to the Queen,” a Royal Household insider once told author Sarah Bradford. “They’re like Darby and Joan now – it’s very sweet really.”

While on honeymoon Princess Elizabeth wrote to the Queen Mother, in letters seen by biographer William Shawcross, and declared: “Philip is an angel – he is so kind and thoughtful and living with him and having him around all the time is just perfect.”

Philip in turn wrote to tell his mother-in-law of his deep love for his new wife.

“Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me and my ambition is to weld the two of us into a new combined existence that will not only be able to withstand the shocks directed at us but will have a positive existence for the good,” he said.

On the Queen’s accession, Philip watched her become the single most important woman in the country and discovered that his own children would not be allowed to take his name.

He later won a part-concession when in 1960 it was announced that the Queen’s descendants, when they needed a surname, would use Mountbatten-Windsor.

He devoted his married life to supporting his wife, giving up his naval career to be by her side.

At the start of her reign, he helped her in particular with her public speaking, encouraging her to lower her voice when she spoke.

He was incredibly protective of her and would berate photographers who got too close.

A cruise of Commonwealth countries in 1956 took Philip away from the Queen for four months, prompting rumours of a rift between them.

But there was no evidence that all was not well.

There were rumours that Philip had strayed during their long marriage, although none was ever proven.

On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the duke praised his wife for her abundance of tolerance.

“I think the main lesson that we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage,” he said.

He added: “It may not be quite so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when the going gets difficult.

“You can take it from me that the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”

The Queen spoke of him fondly in return.

“All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking,” she said.

“Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner.

“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but 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.”

In 2007 the couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary by travelling to Malta, where they had lived for a short time as a young couple.

In 2012, they marked their blue sapphire anniversary – 65 years – and in 2017 passed the rare, personal milestone of 70 years of marriage – their platinum wedding anniversary.

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

Queen losing her ‘rock’
The loss of her beloved husband will be one of the most traumatic things the Queen has ever had to face.
Together for more than 70 years, the Duke of Edinburgh lived through the ups and down of the monarch’s life and reign with her.

In 2002, her Golden Jubilee year, the Queen lost both her mother and sister within weeks of one another. But Philip was at her side.

There will be no chance to spend as much time as she needs to grieve out of the spotlight.

An appearance at the duke’s funeral in the full glare of the media beckons within days.

The Queen, with all her training as head of state, is used to holding her emotions in check in public.

Shortly after her father, King George VI, died, she was required to greet then prime minister Winston Churchill and other dignitaries immediately on returning to London from Kenya as the new Queen.

But sometimes the depth of her sadness has proved too much.

Just months after the Queen Mother died, tears rolled down her cheeks when she took on her late mother’s role at the poignant opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

During her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, she cut a solitary figure as she walked through St Paul’s Cathedral without the duke, who was in hospital with a bladder infection.

Princess Eugenie, the couple’s granddaughter, said the Queen and Philip were each other’s “rock” and spoke of how difficult it had been for the Queen to be without her husband during the jubilee events.

“They are the most incredibly supportive couple to each other.

“Grandpa was unfortunately taken ill and for granny to come and do that alone was probably quite testing and I think he is her rock, really, and she is his,” she told Sky News.

The couple reached the rare personal milestone of their platinum wedding anniversary on November 20 2017, 70 years of marriage, and, in a touching gesture, the Queen appointed Philip a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order for his years of devotion and duty.

They shared an irreplaceable bond, united at key moments of history, witnessed from the unique viewpoint of a monarch and her consort.

While private secretaries and household staff have come and gone, Philip remained a constant in the Queen’s life.

They travelled the globe together, endured state visit after state visit, and thousands of engagements over the years, all made more bearable with one another’s company and through the knowledge they were in it as a duo, albeit one wearing the crown.

They also witnessed the changing world from a shared standpoint, with just five years’ difference in age between them.

They married in the 1940s and together saw the rapid advances in modern life from man walking on the moon for the first time to the invention of the internet.

As duty dictates, the Queen will continue her role as sovereign without the life-long companion upon whom she greatly depended.

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

DoE Award will be Philip’s greatest legacy, says adventurer
Philip’s greatest legacy will be the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, according to adventurer Sir David Hempleman-Adams.
The duke founded the award 65 years ago and since then it has helped millions of young people aged 14 to 24 across the world.

Sir David, 64, who completed the bronze, silver and gold awards as a teenager, said the scheme would be Philip’s greatest legacy.

“I personally think so because it influenced me in such a powerful way at such an early age,” he said.

“It’s done the same thing for millions of people around the world.

“He’s always said that while things change in society – when he first started the award 64 years ago there were no computers and not as much travel as there is today – but young people they don’t change.

“That’s why the award continues to be such a huge success.

“I think he was probably always extremely pleased and proud that it’s gone from strength to strength over the years.”

Sir David, who became the first person to complete the “adventurers’ grand slam” of climbing each continent’s highest mountain and reaching both the North and South Poles, said Philip had a “huge influence” on his life.

“I did the award when I was 13 and he’s been a patron to a lot of my big expeditions throughout my life,” he said.

“He was still writing to me up to just a couple months ago, so we’ve been in contact for nearly all my life.

“He’s been hugely influential on my life and it’s a very sad day for all of us and he was a man of our generation.

“I always remember – because I got to know him quite well over the years and I would meet him in his study – on this one occasion I had just been asked to become a trustee of his award and I said, ‘Sir, it is a great honour and a privilege to be a trustee’ and he said, ‘It’s absolutely not, it’s a duty and make sure you know the difference’.

“He was a man who knew duty more than anybody else.

“I met him privately and in public and to me he was always wonderfully kind, thoughtful and extremely generous with my family.”

The father of three, who lives in Box, Wiltshire, described the duke as a “highly intelligent” man who had expertise on a range of subjects.

“When he was a patron for my expeditions, it wasn’t just simply a box-ticking exercise, he would ask you some really, really searching questions,” he said.

“When I got back, he would ask equally searching questions. He certainly put your feet to the fire, which was welcome because sometimes he had different insights into things.

“He had a massive range of experience throughout his life, so there wasn’t that many subjects he didn’t know much about.”

Sir David added: “It is a very sad day but he had an incredible, full life. He saw and has seen and met more people, and I can’t think of anyone else, other than Her Majesty, who’s had such a full life.

“I think he was a huge stay for her and made the monarchy the success it is today.”

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

Longest-serving consort in British history
The Duke of Edinburgh gave a lifetime of royal service to the country and was the Queen’s beloved companion for more than 70 years.
Known for his no-nonsense approach and acerbic wit, Philip was the longest-serving consort in British history.

The husband of one of the most famous women in the world, he was defined by his relationship with Elizabeth II and relinquished the naval career he loved to steadfastly support his wife in her royal role.

While the Queen took centre stage, Philip was always, during his decades of duty, one step behind, ready to lend a hand.

Over the years, he carried out more than 22,000 solo engagements and gave more than 5,400 speeches, as well as taking part in thousands of other engagements with the Queen and committing himself to innumerable obligations behind the scenes.

The duke had a profound effect on the development of the British monarchy and was a moderniser of The Firm.

In private, he was head of the family. To the public, he was the irascible figure who spoke his mind despite the consequences, and was famed for his outrageous gaffes.

He once warned a group of Scottish students in China that they would become “slitty-eyed”.

In a Glasgow factory, he pointed to a fusebox of loose wires and remarked that it looked like it had been installed by an “Indian”.

He fought for Britain during the Second World War, serving with distinction in the Royal Navy.

As a younger man he was a good shot, a first-class polo player, accomplished sailor, enthusiastic cricketer and international four-in-hand carriage driver.

Hard-working and inquisitive, he dedicated himself to national life, and when he turned 90 was still associated with more than 780 charities.

He was the oldest serving partner of a reigning monarch, and finally retired from public duties in 2017, when he was 96.

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born on the island of Corfu on June 10 1921, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg.

His early years were marked by upheaval after his family went into exile following a military coup in Greece which overthrew his uncle, King Constantine I.

George V, the Queen’s grandfather, ordered the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Calypso to evacuate the family and Philip was carried to safety in a cot made from an orange box in December 1922, aged just 18 months.

His childhood lacked stability and he moved between relatives in France and Britain, beginning studying at Cheam Prep School in 1930.

His parent split up and he rarely saw either of them, with his mother, who suffered from mental illness, being confined to an asylum.

After spending a year at a school in Germany, he eventually went to Gordonstoun School in Morayshire.

Philip later joined the Royal Navy and, while a cadet, caught the eye of the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth – a distant cousin – when she visited the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth with her parents, the King and Queen.

During the Second World War, he saw active service from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean, and by 1945 was in Tokyo Bay as the Japanese surrendered.

He was mentioned in despatches for his service on battleship HMS Valiant in 1941.

Over the years, his friendship with Princess Elizabeth grew and blossomed into love.

In 1947, two years after the end of the war, the princess married dashing, blond Philip in Westminster Abbey.

He renounced his Greek title and became a naturalised British subject, and was made the Duke of Edinburgh by the King.

Elizabeth and Philip’s compatibility led to a successful long marriage – despite their contrasting personalities – with the duke seen as adventurous and tempestuous, and the Queen as more passive, cautious and conventional.

The duke and the princess had the first of their four children, Prince Charles, now the Prince of Wales, in 1948 and then Princess Anne, now the Princess Royal, in 1950.

They initially enjoyed a simple married life during stays on the island of Malta where Philip was stationed with the Navy.

But their marital bliss changed forever when George VI died on February 6 1952, and Princess Elizabeth became Queen.

Philip – whose naval career had come to an end – had to a define a new role for himself as his wife diligently took to her duties as head of state.

He accompanied the Queen around the world on Commonwealth tours and state visits and across the UK.

He also undertook thousands of solo royal engagements, becoming involved with hundreds of organisations, often as a hands-on president.

During his years of royal service, without the Queen, he carried out 637 solo overseas visits, including 229 visits to 67 Commonwealth countries, and 408 visits to 76 other countries.

He set about modernising Buckingham Palace after being told to keep out of the Queen’s official duties, and reorganised the Balmoral and Sandringham estates, as well as becoming ranger of Windsor Great Park.

“I tried to find useful things to do,” he said about starting a footman training programme at the Palace.

In 1956, he set up The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – inspired by his time at the boarding school Gordonstoun and his mentor and headmaster, Dr Kurt Hahn.

It has become one of the country’s best-known youth self-improvement schemes, with millions across the globe gaining their bronze, silver and gold awards.

The duke took a great interest in scientific and technological research and development, as well as the conservation of nature.

After a gap of 10 years, the Queen and Philip welcomed two more children – Prince Andrew, now the Duke of York, in 1960, and Prince Edward, now the Earl of Wessex, in 1964.

The duke was depicted as a tough but caring father.

An accomplished sportsman, he played polo regularly until 1971 and then took up four-in-hand carriage driving, representing Britain at several European and world championships. He also loved to shoot game.

A qualified pilot, he gained his RAF wings in 1953, helicopter wings in 1956 and private pilot’s licence in 1959. His love of the sea never waned, and he competed regularly at Cowes Regatta.

The duke witnessed first-hand the troubles faced by the Windsors in the 1990s, from the scandal surrounding Sarah, Duchess of York – who was caught having her toes sucked by her financial adviser – to the fallout of Charles and Diana’s War of the Waleses.

When Diana, Princess of Wales, died suddenly in a car crash in Paris in 1997, Philip joined Charles, Princes William and Harry, and Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, in the solemn procession behind her funeral cortege.

The same year, the Queen paid a moving tribute to the duke on their golden wedding anniversary.

“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments,” she said.

“But 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 duke helped the Queen through the deaths of both her mother and sister in the Golden Jubilee year of 2002, and was at her side in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

He enjoyed good health throughout much of his life, recovering from a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012 – the latter leading him to miss the majority of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – and a hip replacement operation in 2018.

He was fit and active and continued to take part in fast-paced, dangerous carriage-driving events, competing at international level until the age of 85, but still riding non-competitively in later years.

When he was 97, he miraculously escaped unscathed when the Land Rover he was driving was involved in a serious crash with a car carrying a mother and a baby.

In a perfect example of his stubbornness and defiance, the duke was spotted driving without a seatbelt just 48 hours later.

Three weeks later, his days driving on public roads were over when he decided to voluntarily surrender his licence.

When he turned 90 in June 2011 he insisted there be no fuss, but the Queen bestowed on him a new title – Lord High Admiral, titular head of the Royal Navy.

It was a touching tribute to the man who had given up his military career to support his wife, and devote himself to royal responsibilities.

In May 2017, the Palace revealed that the duke had decided to soon retire from public duties.

Tributes were paid to his steadfast support of the Queen and his decades of outstanding service to the UK.

Philip simply wanted to spend more time doing the things he enjoyed.

He took a typically irreverent view of his own retirement on the day it was announced, telling a guest who said he was sorry he was standing down: “Well, I can’t stand up much longer.”

On the day he officially retired, August 2 2017 at the age of 96, he rounded off his lengthy royal service with a trademark quip, telling Royal Marines who just completed a gruelling trek: “You all should be locked up.”

In November 2017, the Queen and the duke reached a rare milestone – 70 years of marriage – their platinum wedding anniversary.

Surrounded by family and friends, they marked the poignant occasion away from the spotlight with a black tie dinner at Windsor Castle.

In a touching anniversary present, the Queen appointed Philip a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order for his years of devotion and duty.

Even as he stepped back from public life, it was clear the duke’s behind-the-scenes support of his wife was unending.

Philip’s first ever private secretary, Michael Parker, a friend from the Navy, once revealed: “He told me the first day he offered me my job that his job, first, second and last was never to let her down.”

A symbol of continuity within the monarchy, the Duke of Edinburgh was the person the Queen relied upon above all others.

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99

The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.

The duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.

He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.

The Palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.

“Further announcements will made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The death of the duke comes in the midst of the worst public health crisis for generations as the UK and countries around the globe reel from the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published: 09/04/2021 by Radio NewsHub

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