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Friday 09 April 2021
Queenslanders join the global community today in mourning the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
As husband of Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip was the longest-serving Royal Consort in British history.
He was respected for his unswerving dedication to duty and his steadfast support for The Queen in their family life and in carrying out her responsibilities.
During the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002, The Queen paid tribute to this support, saying: “He has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years”.
The Prince was also much admired for the vital interest he took in people.
Like Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family, the Duke enjoyed visits to Australia and in the course of their long marriage, became the most frequent Royal visitor to Queensland, coming here on 12 occasions.
He not only accompanied The Queen on eight tours (1954, 1963, 1970, 1977, 1982, 1988, 2002 and 2011), but visited independently as Patron of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and to officiate at important events on The Queen’s behalf.
These independent visits were in 1967 to participate in planning for the third Commonwealth Study Conference, and 1971, 1973, and 1986 when he opened the Gateway Bridge over the Brisbane River.
While The Queen officially closed the Brisbane Commonwealth Games in 1982, it was Prince Philip who read The Queen’s message and opened the Games.
The Duke’s wide-ranging interests included the environment, sport, science, technology, and the military, and he served as Patron or President of some 750 organisations world-wide.
In 1959, he gave his name and support to the coveted Prince Philip Designers Prize and, in 1956, to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
Tens of thousands of young Queenslanders are among the millions of Award recipients around the world who will ensure that the Duke of Edinburgh’s legacy will live on through the scheme.
Prince Philip officially retired from public life at the age of 96, making his final solo appearance on 2 August 2017 as Captain General of the Royal Marines at a parade at Buckingham Palace.
The Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, has expressed condolences to Her Majesty The Queen on behalf of all Queenslanders, acknowledging, “The Prince earned the enduring admiration of Queenslanders for his integrity, kindness and humour.”
The Queensland Flag above Government House will be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.