Prince Philip – 1921 – 2021

The Duke ‘passed away peacefully’ at Windsor Castle this morning

It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that we hear today of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who has sadly died today at the age of 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years, dedicated his life to serving our Queen and country and conducted over 22,000 official engagements during his days of service!

Prince Philip had recently spent a month in hospital undergoing surgery for a pre-existing heart condition. Her Majesty will now enter an eight-day period of mourning, which will mean that royal engagements will be postponed. An official period of Royal Mourning is expected to continue for 30 days. A Royal ceremonial funeral will now be planned by Buckingham Palace to take place at Windsor Castle.

Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have a long history of visits to Poole, Bournemouth and the local surrounding areas over the years.

One of their many visits included a trip to Poole In July 1969, Prince Philip accompanied the Queen to officially open Poole Hospital. Another celebrated visit came in 1998, when The Queen and Duke arrived in Poole Town by Royal Train, with larger crowds of well-wishers hoping to get a peek at the Royals. He also made many visits to Bovington Camp over in the Purbecks and a trip to Bournemouth to meet the AFC Bournemouth football players in July 2004. The Royal couple also visited the then brand new RNLI Training College here in Poole Town.

It truly is a sad day but one of positive reflection on the years of happy, dedicated service to our country and many wonderful memories. We join in the countries mourning here at Sandbanks Beach.

Thankfully, we have many wonderful and heart-warming photos to enjoy of Prince Philip’s visits to Poole courtesy of The Echo.

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