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Death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh outside Shakespeare's Birthplace, 1964
HRH Prince Philip visits Shakespeare's Birthplace in 1964

We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh had a keen interest in Shakespeare and was a regular visitor to Stratford-upon-Avon.  He held a special place in the history of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace alongside the Queen on 14 June 1957, and returning on 23 April 1964, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, to officiate the opening of the Shakespeare Centre.

We offer our condolences and thoughts to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family at this sad time.


Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

— (Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2)