News Release

The Speaker of the Senate

The Passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

April 9, 2021

Ottawa – Today, the Senate of Canada mourns the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and celebrates his long and remarkable life. The century of his lifespan was marked by significant change, both in Canada and around the world. The death of The Duke of Edinburgh marks the end of an era.

Following a successful naval career during which he saw active service in the Second World War, The Duke of Edinburgh began to focus on his work in support of The Queen following her Accession in 1952. In 2009 he became the longest serving British consort (companion to the Sovereign), a distinction previously held by Queen Charlotte, George III’s consort. His Royal Highness also had many interests which he pursued separately to his work with Her Majesty, including conservation, engineering, and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award which he founded in 1956.

The Senate offers, at this time, its deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and to the Royal Family. We join in sorrow our fellow nations throughout the Commonwealth who, like us, will greatly miss His late Royal Highness and all that his extraordinary character contributed to our shared heritage.


For more information:
Ross Ryan
Press Secretary
Office of the Speaker of the Senate, Senate of Canada