PRINCE PHILIP DIES BLOG Saturday 10th April 2021


A special post today as we share in the grief of yet more sad news.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

A statement issued by the palace just after midday on Friday 9th April 2021 spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor on 16 March after a month in hospital.

Boris Johnson said he “inspired the lives of countless young people”.

The palace added: “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”


It would have been nice if he had managed to reach his 100 year birthday on June 10th to see if he got a letter from the Queen.

What I loved about Prince Philip is his outspokenness and just saying it how it is. The policy got him in to trouble many times with the protocol brigade and PC brigade, just like I do. It was so reassuring that someone in his position did it as well as me. Reassuring and refreshing. And brilliant to hear.

Here’s how the FRONTPAGES mourned his death.





 On his marriage to the Queen, Golden wedding anniversary, 1997

“I think the main lesson we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient in any happy marriage… You can take it from me, the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”


On his son Prince Charles, 1999

“He’s a romantic, and I’m a pragmatist. That means we do see things differently. And because I don’t see things as a romantic would, I’m ‘unfeeling’.”


In a 1940s letter written to Princess Elizabeth, according to Philip Eade, author of Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life

“To have been spared in the war and seen victory, to have been given the chance to rest and to re-adjust myself, to have fallen in love completely and unreservedly, makes all one’s personal and even the world’s troubles seem small and petty.”


On his reputation

“I’ve just done what I think is my best. Some people think it’s all right. Some don’t. What can you do? I can’t suddenly change my whole way of doing things. I can’t change my interests and the way in which I react to things. It’s part of my style. It’s just too bad, they’ll have to lump it.”


On Princess Anne

“If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested.”


On the 1981 recession

“Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.”


On the Duke of Edinburgh scheme

“[My] legacy? No, no it’s got nothing to do with me. It’s there for people to use. I couldn’t care less. It’s relevant too because it’s part of the process of growing up.”


On the environment

“Human population growth is probably the single most serious long-term threat to survival. We’re in for a major disaster if it isn’t curbed–not just for the natural world, but for the human world.”


On the attempted kidnap of his daughter, the Princess Royal, 1974

“If the man had succeeded in abducting Anne, she would have given him a hell of a time while in captivity.”


At the opening of a school, 2000

“You send children to school to get them out of your hair. Then they come back and make life difficult for parents. That is why holidays are set so they are just about the limit of your endurance.”


10th April

1849 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400.

1912 RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage.

1970 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles


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