We offer our sincerest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the royal family
…may he rest in peace…
Tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
From our Patron
The Lady Dannatt MBE HM Lord–Lieutenant of Norfolk
The Duke of Edinburgh and Norfolk
It was an immensely sad moment for us all here in Norfolk when word of the death of Prince Philip, Duke ofEdinburgh, reached us on Friday.Along with so many others, my immediate reaction was one of profound sorrowfor Her Majesty The Queen, and for all the members of the Royal Family.On behalf of the entire county, we offerthem our heartfelt and very deepest sympathy.Her Majesty and the Royal Family have lost a husband, a father, agrandfather and a great grandfather; as a nation we have lost one of the most remarkable figures of the lastcentury.
At some level, the news was not unexpected of course; we knew the Duke was approaching his 100th birthdayand had recently spent a month in hospital. Nevertheless, Prince Philip seemed invincible, indestructible, sodeeply was his life and that of the nation intertwined.We, both the country, and the county where the Dukelatterly chose to spend so much of his time, are immeasurably and sadly diminished by his death.
It is no secret of course, how much the Duke adored Norfolk.Wood Farm, on the Sandringham estate, where heand the Queen often stayed when it was just the two of them here, was his chosen home after he retired frompublic life in 2017.He will be mourned deeply by everyone who knew, loved and served him within those smalland tight-knit village communities, as well as those working on the arable, livestock and fruit farms the Dukecherished so dearly.As a knowledgeable and passionate countryman, I am told Prince Philip ‘knew almost everyblade of grass in Norfolk’.
Many of us across the county will have our own personal recollections of Prince Philip. He was involved with theNorfolk Wildlife Trust, Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, the Norfolk Nelson Museum and was Patron of The WherryTrust amongst scores of others.In the past the Duke had competed in carriage driving at the Royal Norfolk Showand never missed an opportunity to talk to the young, whether they be cadets, school children or young peopletending their animals in one of the large sheds provided on the show ground.
Like all the senior members of the Royal Family, Prince Philip took his responsibilities towards the Armed Forcesvery seriously, especially the senior appointments he held personally.Visiting the Grenadier Guards, of which hewas Colonel, on exercise in Thetford Forest a number of years ago, he came across a trench occupied by a veryjunior officer – my middle son – “Getting on alright down there, are you Bertie?” the Duke enquired.Is it anywonder Prince Philip’s visits were eagerly anticipated and so warmly welcomed to all the units of the ArmedForces to which he was affiliated?
The Duke will also long be remembered for his annual and familiar attendance, with other members of the RoyalFamily, at the service in the Sandringham church of St Mary Magdalene on Christmas Day.And as tributes pour infrom around the world, it is there, in that small church, that some of those closest to the Duke will gather.Notnecessarily the ‘great or the good’ but ordinary people from every walk of life, who are proud to have served theDuke in his favourite home; and who will bow their heads in respect, deep affection and great gratitude for thisremarkable and most honourable of men.A true friend of Norfolk, undoubtedly.And beyond that, adistinguished and dedicated servant of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and our World.We owe HisRoyal Highness so much and greatly mourn his death.
The Lady Dannatt MBE HM Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk
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