HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away.
Convener of Moray Council, Cllr Shona Morrison, said: “It was with immense sadness that Moray Council learnt of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke was a regular visitor to Moray, having been among the first pupils to attend Gordonstoun, and maintained a lifelong association with the area.”
The Duke of Edinburgh and Moray
Following his time as a pupil at Gordonstoun, when it was under the headship of its founder, Kurt Hahn, children of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were schooled there, along with other members of the Royal Family. This led to many visits to Moray by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, including a Moray-wide tour in 1982, taking in Grant Park, Forres; Baxters, Fochabers; Buckie shipyard, Elgin Town Hall and Lossiemouth.
This association was maintained through links with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, created by the Gordonstoun founder and latterly through the two RAF bases, Kinloss and Lossiemouth. The most recent visit was in 2014, when His Royal Highness accompanied Her Majesty to meet staff and families at the newly-created barracks at Kinloss and the expanded Typhoon facility at RAF Lossiemouth.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, no physical books of condolence will open. Instead, an online e-Book of Condolence is open to the public on the Buckingham Palace website at www.royal.uk.
Flags at key buildings in Moray will be flown at half-mast upon the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. They will remain at this position until 0800hrs on the day following the funeral.