Edinburgh's Lord Provost leads the capital's tributes to Prince Philip

The Queen’s royal representative in Edinburgh, the Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross, has led tributes to the city’s Duke.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 1:54 pm
The Queen and Prince Philip after attending a service at St Giles' Cathedral in 2002

Buckingham Palace announced today that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99.

Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross, the capital’s Lord Provost, said: “Throughout Prince Philip’s extraordinary lifetime, he showed great appreciation for this city and its people.

“During his countless visits to the capital as Duke of Edinburgh, he regularly reached out to fellow veterans and serving personnel and thousands of our children and students, both through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and his longstanding links with our Universities.

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Lord Provost Frank Ross

“As Patron of so many Edinburgh-based charities, he won a special place in the hearts of Scottish people. It’s with great sadness that I share on behalf of the city our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all the members of the royal family at this very sad time.

“It has been my privilege and honour to personally represent His Royal Highness in Edinburgh.

“Just like his consort to the monarch, his legacy will be longstanding.”

Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in Corfu on 10 June 1921, married Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947.

On the morning of their wedding, he was created the Duke of Edinburgh and was formally made a British Prince in 1957.

Prince Philip retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, aged 96, having completed more than 22,200 solo engagements since 1952.

He remained patron, president or member of around 30 Edinburgh-based organisations, including: the Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt, the Royal Botanical and Zoological Societies of Scotland, the National Galleries, Royal British Legion and the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise.

He was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest ever male member of the British royal family.

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