The Duke of Edinburgh Dies at the Age of 99

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April 9, 2021, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband to Queen Elizabeth II, Crown Prince to Great Britain passed away peacefully at home in Windsor Castle, Windsor, United Kingdom.

Prince Phillip was born in Mos Repos, Corfu, Kingdom of Greece the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg on June 10, 1921and was married to Queen Elizabeth II on November 20, 1947.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip had 4 children, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Prince Phillip had an extensive military career that started with the Royal British Navy in 1939 at the age of 18, Prince Phillip achieved the Rank of Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal, Marshal of the Royal Airforce, Captain-General Royal Marines and Commander during his career.

Prince Phillip was involved in many battles during the Second World War most notably; the Battle of Creat, the Battle of Cape Matapan, the Allied Invasion of Sicily. Operation Dragon, Operation Robson, Operation Lentil and the Battle of Okinawa.

As consort to the Queen, Prince Philip’s duties were to support his wife in her new duties as sovereign, accompanying her to ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament in various countries, state dinners, and tours abroad. As chairman of the Coronation Commission, he was the first member of the royal family to fly in a helicopter, visiting the troops that were to take part in the ceremony. Philip was not crowned in the service, but knelt before Elizabeth, with her hands enclosing his, and swore to be her "liege man of life and limb".As consort to the Queen, Philip supported his wife in her new duties as sovereign, accompanying her to ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament in various countries, state dinners, and tours abroad. As chairman of the Coronation Commission, he was the first member of the royal family to fly in a helicopter, visiting the troops that were to take part in the ceremony. Philip was not crowned in the service, but knelt before Elizabeth, with her hands enclosing his, and swore to be her "liege man of life and limb".

Federal officials including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are offering condolences to the Royal Family over the death of Prince Philip on Friday.

Trudeau said he learned of the death “with deep sadness," while other prominent federal figures are reflecting on the prince’s life and connection to Canada.

“Prince Philip was a man of service, motivated by a sense of duty to others… Prince Philip will be remembered as a champion for young people, a decorated naval officer, a dedicated philanthropist, and a constant in the life of Queen Elizabeth II,” he said during a press conference on Parliament Hill Friday.

“It is with profound sadness that I learned today of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. I join all of Her Majesty's loyal subjects in Saskatchewan in sending our sincere condolences to Her Majesty in her bereavement, as well as to all members of the Royal Family.”, stated Premier Scott Moe

Moe continued, “His Royal Highness visited Saskatchewan no fewer than eight times between 1951 and our centennial year in 2005. His sense of duty to the Canadian Armed Forces, our youth through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and so many other endeavours, endeared him to us all.”,

Finally, Moe said, “We share in this sorrow with millions of others across the Commonwealth and the world. It is our hope that the knowledge of the extraordinary impact that His Royal Highness had on so many people and organizations in his many decades of public life will provide comfort and solace.”

Flags on all Government of Saskatchewan buildings will be flown at half-mast immediately and until sunset on the evening of His Royal Highness' Funeral. A virtual book of condolence is available on the Lieutenant Governor's website at www.ltgov.sk.ca.

Gary Horseman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Four-Town Journal