"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"
It is with great sadness that we learnt the news of the death of HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April 2021.
As a Church school we offer our most sincere condolences to our Supreme Governor - the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
As we give thanks to God for the life of a HRH Prince Philip and the years of selfless service to our country, we take inspiration and comfort from St Paul’s first letter to Timothy as we support our Christian community in traveling forward.
‘I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. ‘ Timothy 2:2-1
In school we will be celebrating his life and achievements. A Book of Condolence is available on the official The Royal Family website.
Alternatively, you can send a message of condolence via The Church of England website. You can access this by using this link: The Church of England - a Book of Condolence.
Please join us in praying for the Queen and the Royal Family during this difficult period of mourning.
Loving God, We are sad that Prince Philip has died. Thank you for his long life and for his care for The Queen and our country. Amen.
Prince Philip - A Life in Pictures
Some interesting facts about Prince Philip
- Full title; Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich
- Born 10 June 1921 in Corfu, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
- Grew up in GB, educated at Gordonstoun School, near Elgin, Moray, Scotland
- Attended the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
- January 1940 to 1945 - served with the Royal Navy in combat in the Mediterranean and Pacific Oceans
- 28 February 1947 – Became a British subject, renouncing claims to the thrones of Greece & Denmark and abandoned own royal titles and assumed the surname Mountbatten
- 20 November 1947 – Married Elizabeth, (72 years married - 2019)
- He continued Naval active service, Commanding the frigate Magpie, until the Queen’s ascension on 6 February 1952
- 1956 - Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (DofE) – more than 6m young adults since have engaged in community service
- 1957 – Queen Elizabeth conferred on him the dignity of Prince of the UK; "The Queen has been pleased to declare her will and pleasure that His 'Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh shall henceforth be known as His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the palace said in a statement on 22 February 1957
- 1981 to 1996 First President of the World Wildlife Fund
- 2011 – 90th birthday was given the titular title and office of Lord High Admiral, (Head of the Royal Navy)
- He is now the longest reigning consort in British history
- He has carried out 22,219 solo engagements since Elizabeth became Queen in 1953, more than 300 public engagements a year, second only to Princess Anne