Prince Philip has died, aged 99. Buckingham Palace made the announcement just after midday (UK) and said: “ His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Following the announcement of his death, Chair of the Legislative Assembly MLA Mark Pollard said: "On behalf of the people of the Falkland Islands, we wish to express our heartfelt sympathies for Her Majesty the Queen and the wider Royal family at this sorrowful time. We have a deep and lasting affection for the Duke of Edinburgh, who wholeheartedly engaged with our community – young and old – during his time in the Islands. Whether trout fishing in Chartres or taking part in our Boxing Day horse races, his enthusiasm for our traditions and way of life is something that has positively impacted on generations of Falkland Islanders and will never be forgotten.”
The Falkland Islands Government expressed "deep sadness" of the Duke's passing. In a statement issued shortly before midday, FIG said: "During his decades of public duty, the Falkland Islands was pleased to twice welcome the Duke of Edinburgh to our shores in 1957 and 1991. On both occasions, Islanders were struck by his genuine interest in our people, our home and our history.
As Her Majesty The Queen’s consort of 73 years, his low-key and steadfast approach to his military career and to public service served to strengthen relations between nations around the world, providing stability and unity across almost a century of change and uncertainty. A patron of over 800 organisations, he was a strong advocate for the arts, science and sport. One of his most enduring legacies being the establishment of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which is the world’s leading youth achievement award, helping hundreds of thousands of young people to participate in self-improvement programmes, including many in the Falkland Islands."
His Excellency the Governor, Nigel Phillips CBE, said: “All in the Falkland Islands would like to extend their sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the whole Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke dedicated himself to public service; his contribution has positively touched the lives of so many. Those of us who had the privilege to meet him recall his humour and keen interest. His loss is deeply felt across our Islands community and among the men and women of British Forces South Atlantic Islands."
In tribute to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Falkland Islands will stage a 21-gun salute tomorrow (Saturday 10 April) at noon, followed by a short parade.