A Royal Gun Salute

Remembering HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021

Having walked up to Edinburgh Castle in the morning’s Spring sunshine I was much moved at lunchtime by the Gun Salute there for His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who died peacefully at Windsor Castle yesterday. Prince Philip has spoken of his time based in Rosyth with the Royal Navy, and of his affection for Edinburgh, and of his Chancellorship of the University here, and I felt his spirit loomed large in and around the Castle Esplanade.

Children and adults alike enjoyed a slightly warmer day, the presence of an ice cream van, and the deep and resounding booms of this extended salute. It gladdened me to see many, many people obviously engaged in quiet lone reflection. I know that I will ever remember the extraordinarily long lifetime’s service and example given by a most remarkable man.

I join countless thousands all around the world in extending warm and deep condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to her family.

gun salute here and more at gardenstudiogram and at writinginlight

4 thoughts on “A Royal Gun Salute

  1. What a life that man lived! Have been indulging in numerous documentaries about the Queen, the royal family, etc. I know he could be a bit rough and sometimes say things that were rather untoward, but you cannot deny his sense of duty or commitment to family. My heart goes out to the Queen. She has suffered so much loss in her life. Thank you for the beautiful photos, Simon. Looks like a day to feed the soul…💕xx

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    1. Thanks dear Lori. Yes, certainly soul fed – by this event, and also by so much else here in Edinburgh – where the early sage green of Spring touches upon something primal in the psyche. It’s lovely, even if still on the chilly side here 😊🌱xx

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      1. “…the early sage green of spring…” what a lovely phrase, Simon! Immediately brings to mind that fabulous, peppery fragrance of spring and the chill in the early morning air that you know will burn off by midday. Enjoy! 🥰

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