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His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

Published: 09 April 2021

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

Surrey pays tribute

The Councillors and Officers of Surrey County Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

Remembering His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will be remembered for his commitment to our country and in particular his interest and dedication to Surrey communities and people.

Many Surrey residents will remember his visits across the county over the years. Since 2000, Prince Philip accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on 12 memorable official visits to Surrey and fulfilled at least 18 solo engagements, alongside many other unofficial visits.

As avid race goers, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were no stranger to Surrey's three racecourses, Kempton Park, Epsom Downs and Sandown. Prince Philip and The Queen were often to be seen at Epsom Downs racecourse for a day's racing.

Part of his legacy is the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards scheme that he founded in 1956 and is sure to live on for generations to come. Indeed, in Surrey every year we see groups of young people, back packs on, map and compass in hand trekking across the Surrey Hills as part of their DofE expeditions. Many of Prince Philip's visits to Surrey saw him engaging with these DofE participants, visits they are sure to never forget.

In Surrey, we shall forever appreciate his inspiring impact on generations of young residents and his lifetime of service given.

More information can be found on the Surrey County Council Important information following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh webpages.

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