The Chairman of the Wellington Trust, Mr Alastair Chapman, writes:
“It is with very great sadness today that we have heard the news of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh.
“As Royal Consort to our most beloved Queen, and Father of our Royal Patron and of His Royal Highness The Prince
of Wales, both of whom are Past Master Mariners, His Royal Highness Prince Philip has, over nigh on seventy years,
demonstrated his heartfelt support and loyalty to the WELLINGTON, as Admiral of the Honourable Company of
Master Mariners. This appointment followed his three years as its Master from 1954 to 1957. More recently, His
Royal Highness opened the Friends of the WELLINGTON’s 2013 exhibition, Convoy – Battle of the Atlantic, on which
occasion he presented Arctic Star medals to two Merchant Navy Veterans. This honour was instituted in 2012 and is
given to members of British Commonwealth forces and mariners who had served in wartime convoys (PQs) north of the Arctic Circle.
“May I, on behalf of the Trustees and Ambassadors of the Wellington Trust, and of all Friends of the WELLINGTON,
express my deepest condolences and sympathies to Her Majesty the Queen, to our Patron, Her Royal Highness The
Princess Royal, and to all other members of the Royal Family who mourn his loss at this time.”
Friday 9th April, 2021