HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
1921 - 2021
Statement from the Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire
Following the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, I offer on behalf of Buckinghamshire residents my sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the members of the Royal Family.
Prince Philip has given Her Majesty unstinting support for over 70 years. In his own words he stated that ‘it was his duty to serve the Queen in the best way that he could’ and this he has done with commitment, energy, wisdom, and good humour. His involvement in over 780 organisations is testament to his work and interest in many different facets of life, from his role as a Founder of the World Wildlife Fund (now the World Wide Fund for Nature) to his support for the Armed Services, charities and businesses. He showed a particular concern for the healthy development of young people through the co-founding of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, a non-competitive, internationally recognized programme designed to encourage young people to develop positive skills and lifestyle habits. The award is about personal challenge and development and is adaptable according to each participant's interests and abilities.
We remember fondly the many visits he made to the county, both on his own and as consort to The Queen and would like to express our gratitude and appreciation for his engagement with and interest in our county.
His Royal Highness leaves a lasting legacy from a lifetime of service to the nation and his memory will live on in those whose lives he touched. The nation mourns his loss, and the thoughts and prayers of us all in Buckinghamshire are with Her Majesty and the members of her family.
The Countess Howe
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire