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HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 10/06/1921 - 09/04/2021

10 April 2021 ~ Published in News. Read 244 times.

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In a communication to all Essex Freemasons the Deputy Provincial Grand Master In-Charge, Paul Reeves, said “The world will be a poorer place for his passing and we will be writing to Her Majesty on behalf of the Province to express our sadness at his passing and our support for her and her family”.

Leading the tribute on behalf of all Essex Freemasons, Paul Reeves pointed out that it was only a few weeks ago that the Brethren of the Province of Essex had sent their Fraternal Congratulations to His Royal Highness on being a fully paid-up subscribing Freemason for 68 years.  (HRH Prince Philip 68 Years a Mason (essexfreemasons.org.uk)

On 5th December 1952, the Duke of Edinburgh was initiated into Navy Lodge No 2612, whose past members include the late HM King George VI, Shackleton and Scott of the Antarctic. The Earl of Scarborough, the Grand Master, and Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, were in attendance.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended a formal dinner at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939. Their Majesties were accommodated in the Captain’s Quarters and Cadet Philip (18) was asked to escort the Princesses Elizabeth (13) and Margaret for the evening. It was there Princess Elizabeth fell in love and both began exchanging letters. They married in 1947. Philip graduated from Dartmouth in 1940 as the best cadet on his course and served with distinction in WW11 receiving a Mention in Dispatches for gallantry at the Battle of Cape Matapan.

There is a protocol set by the United Grand Lodge of England to be used upon the death of a Masonic Member of the Royal Family making it appropriate for all brethren to wear a black tie while the period of national mourning is in effect and any masonic centre that flies the Union Flag should fly it at half-mast until after the funeral.  An ‘In Memoriam’ to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be added to the first summons issued by every Lodge and Chapter in the Province of Essex from the date of his passing.

Tony Hales

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