Prince Philip dies aged 99 - Parliament recalled for Duke of Edinburgh tributes

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s consort for almost 70 years, has died at the age of 99.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:06 pm

While never an owner in racing himself, he had been an honorary member of the Jockey Club since 1947 and was a regular companion of the Queen at Royal Ascot.

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Flags lowered in tribute to Prince Philip across Mid and East Antrim

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course.

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“The royal family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The Duke of Edinburgh Handicap is staged at the royal meeting each year, but one of the Duke’s most enjoyable tasks at Ascot was when presenting the Queen’s Vase to Her Majesty after Estimate won in 2012.

Sir Francis Brooke Bt, Her Majesty’s representative at Ascot, said in a statement: “We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this time.

“We have very happy memories of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Ascot where he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on so many occasions and shared in her successes.

A tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, which will be shown for 24 hours, on display at the Piccadilly Lights in central London, following the announcement of his death at the age of 99.

“One of the most memorable moments was in 2012 when His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presented Her Majesty The Queen with the Queen’s Vase after Estimate’s victory.”

Estimate would go on to win the Gold Cup at Ascot the following year, providing the Queen with one of her greatest victories as an owner.

Two minutes silence was observed prior to day two of the Randox Grand National Festival at Aintree, while all jockeys sported black armbands.

In his role as a pundit for ITV Racing, 20-time champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy paid his tribute.

A young girl looks at flowers at Cambridge Gate at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, following the announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.

McCoy said: “First and foremost my deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family.

“I was very lucky to spend time in Prince Philip’s company at Windsor Castle. He was a very interesting man and a really good polo player in his younger days.

“He was really keen on carriage driving and really good at it as well.

“A moment that really stands out for me was when he presented Her Majesty the Queen with the Queen’s Vase when Estimate in 2012 – I can remember thinking that was a special moment, probably for Her Majesty, but also for horse racing as well.”

People gather outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99

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Jockeys, owners and trainers stand for a minutes silence in the parade ring after the announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, during Ladies Day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.

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