The royal family today paid tribute to Prince Philip’s work abroad and released a series of photos showing his work around the Commonwealth as they revealed that he had visited 70 percent of the world’s countries.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died at Windsor Castle last Friday at the age of 99, made 229 visits to 67 Commonwealth countries on solo visits without The Queen over a 67-year period between 1949 and 2016.
Philip, who completed a total of 22,219 solo assignments and thousands more at his wife’s side, became the Queen’s consort when she acceded to the throne in 1952, completing his last public event in August 2017.
Today, the Twitter account @RoyalFamily released 12 photos of Philip presenting his work, with the first post saying: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh was committed to the Commonwealth and met people from all walks of life.
Since 1949, HRH has visited 70 percent of the world’s countries; visited 50 Commonwealth countries; made 229 solo visits, often to the most remote parts of the Commonwealth. ‘
February 1977: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, both dressed in Maori Kahu-Kiwi (kiwi fur coats) at Rugby Park in Gisborne, New Zealand’s North Island, as they attended the opening of the Royal New Zealand Polynesian Festival
December 2003: The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Commonwealth People’s Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, on the opening day of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting
October 1997: The Duke of Edinburgh tries to teach English to Chitrali children at Aga Khan School in Bilphok, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan
Undated: Prince Philip was a strong supporter of young people and is pictured here meeting Scouts in an unknown land
This message was accompanied by a photo from February 1977 of Philip with the Queen wearing kiwi fur coats in Rugby Park in Gisborne when they attended the opening of the Royal New Zealand Polynesian Festival.
Another image showed the Duke of Edinburgh smiling as he toured the Commonwealth People’s Forum in Abuja, Nigeria, in December 2003; while a third showed him meeting Scouts in an unfamiliar country.
The fourth photo, taken in October 1997, showed the Duke trying to teach English to Chitrali children at the Aga Khan School in Bilphok, Pakistan in what was then known as the North West Frontier Province.
A second post on the @RoyalFamily account stated: ‘The Duke had a number of Commonwealth appointments over the course of his life, including with @thecgf (Commonwealth Sport), @THE_RASC (The Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth) and the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League.
“HRH also had military ties in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago.”
This was accompanied by a further four photos, including one of the Queen with Philip at the launch ceremony of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Baton Relay at Buckingham Palace in October 2013.
Another showed Prince Philip meeting medal-winning athletes at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games in September 1982, while a third showed him at the International Fleet Review in Halifax, Canada, in 2010.
The latest Twitter post from @RoyalFamily today stated: ‘In 1956 HRH founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences, where emerging Commonwealth leaders gathered.
October 2013: Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Baton Relay Launch Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London
September 1982: Prince Philip meets medal-winning athletes at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games
Undated: The Queen and Prince Philip meet soldiers at an unknown event that is also highlighted in the series of photos
June 2010: Prince Philip for HMCS St John’s after the International Fleet Review in Halifax, Canada
“The @CommonPurpose conferences have continued to this day and more than 10,000 people have participated in The Duke of Edinburgh’s leadership programs.”
Three photos accompanying this post showed him at the Australian National University in Canberra in May 1968, Canada in May 1980, and at a Buckingham Palace reception for Commonwealth leaders in April 2014.
A fourth Twitter post added: “The Duke of Edinburgh had patronage appointments in 12 different Commonwealth countries, including: @BNTBahamas, @Ngr_Brit_Asso, @SLSAustralia and @OutwardBoundCan.”
A similar Instagram post was also published today by @ theroyalfamily account, with all the photos on Twitter plus two more, including one from Philip while walking in Melbourne in October 2011.
It’s because hundreds of politicians and colleagues shared a personal tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, while his grandsons hailed him as an ‘extraordinary man’ and a ‘legend of banter’.
The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex remembered their grandfather as an ‘authentic self’ person, filled with warmth and humor and devoted to the monarch, when they joined the nation to honor his memory.
May 1968: Prince Philip at the Australian National University in Canberra opens the Sixth Commonwealth Study Conference
May 1980: The Duke of Edinburgh joins the Commonwealth Study Conference in Canada
April 2014: The CSCLeaders conference, a program for Commonwealth leaders, holds a reception at Buckingham Palace
On a day of eulogy for Philip yesterday, tributes were also heard in the parliaments of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff – including by more than 100 MPs in the House of Commons.
William and Harry issued separate statements to pay tribute to Philip, with the older brother pledging to keep his grandfather’s wishes alive and along with his wife Kate to continue to support the Queen and ‘carry on’ with the work ‘.
Thinking back to how his grandfather’s ‘century of his life was defined by service,’ William added: my own adult life – in good times as well as in the most difficult of days. ‘
He added: “My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he wanted and will support the Queen for years to come. I will miss my grandpa, but I know he would like us to get started. ‘
Harry, who is quarantined in his former home of Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of Saturday’s funeral, has released a more informal statement, describing the Duke as’ my grandfather: master of the barbecue, legend of banter and cheek to the end ‘.
He said, “My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room because of his charm – and also because you never knew what he would say next. ‘
October 2011: The Duke of Edinburgh receives flowers for Queen Elizabeth II while walking in Melbourne, Australia
A second photo on Instagram showing how Prince Philip was ‘committed’ to the Commonwealth
Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the tribute in the House of Commons, saying that Philip has “touched the lives of millions of people.”
“It is fitting that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will be transported to his final resting place on Saturday in a Land Rover Prince Philip designed himself, with a long wheelbase and spacious rear cabin,” he said.
Because the unique and quirky silhouette of that vehicle reminds the world that he was above all a practical man, who could take something very traditional – be it a machine or indeed a great national institution – and find a way with his own ingenuity. find ways to improve it, to adapt it for the 20th and 21st centuries. ‘
Other politicians called Philip a “role model” saying his “greatest memorial” was his 73-year marriage to the Queen.
Over the weekend, Philips spoke to four children about the loss of their father and how the Queen was very ‘stoic’ after the loss of her 73-year-old husband who died peacefully on Friday.