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.