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The Death of HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that we share with you 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, through a Book of Condolence. Please email in your comments and we will add these to our school book. This in turn will be sent to the Royal Website and held in local archives for future generations to understand the historical significance of the Duke and impact of this national period of mourning. Alternatively you can add your comments to the official online Book of Condolence using the link: Send a message of condolence | The Royal Family

or through the Church of England website by using this link: Welcome to the Church of England's official website | The Church of England.


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.

Life facts 

  • Full title; Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich.
  • Born 10.6.1921 in Corfu, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
  • Grew up in GB, educated at Gordonstoun School, nr Elgin, Moray, Scotland
  • Attended the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
  • 1.1940 – 1945 ~ served with the Royal Navy in combat in the Mediterranean and Pacific Oceans
  • 28.2.1947 – Became a British subject, renouncing claims to the thrones of Greece & Denmark and abandoned own royal titles and assumed the surname Mountbatten
  • 20.11.1947 – Married Elizabeth, (72 years married -2019)
  • He continued Naval active service, Commanding the frigate Magpie, until the Queen’s ascension on 6.2.1952
  • 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 Feb. 22, 1957

  • 1981-96 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.