Edinburgh University commemorates former Chancellor Prince Philip

The university’s statement recalls the ‘tireless’ work ethic the Duke of Edinburgh demonstrated as Chancellor.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 5:38 pm

The Capital’s university has released a tribute to the Duke whose death at the age of 99 was announced by Buckingham Palace this morning.

Prince Philip was Chancellor of the university for over half a century, between from 1953 to 2010.

“It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh,” said Edinburgh University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Mathieson.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's death at the age of 99 was announced by Buckingham Palace this morning.

“We are very proud that he served as our Chancellor from 1953 to 2010. He was a tireless champion of our institution and we are profoundly grateful for the support that he generously gave us for over half a century.

“Throughout that time, he oversaw the development and growth of the University and gave invaluable support to students, staff and senior University officials.

“His passionate belief in the positive benefits of education, as well as an innate inquisitiveness in scientific development was evident during his time as Chancellor.”

Other city universities have paid tribute to the Duke.

A spokesperson from the Heriot-Watt University where said: “We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family.”

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