His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

A national commemorative ceremony in honour of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, was held on April 17, 2021 at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. Watch the ceremony.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh had a special connection to Canada. Since his first visit to Canada in 1951, he participated in 22 royal tours and received various honorary Canadian military ranks. His passing is a loss to our country.

On his last visit to Canada, in April 2013, he was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada and Commander of the Order of Military Merit for his service to Canada and to the Crown, to youth and to the betterment of humanity.

In addition, throughout his life and for more than 70 years of marriage, His Royal Highness proudly stood alongside Her Majesty The Queen. Together, they were a steadfast presence, witnesses to some of the greatest advances in human history, as well as some of the most challenging times the world has ever seen.

His Royal Highness long embodied dignity, loyalty and service to others. Before his retirement from public duties in May 2017, he had met twelve Canadian governors general and thirteen prime ministers. Over the years, he was also present at events that have shaped our nation, including the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

His Royal Highness always held a keen interest in the personal development of young people and, through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, has helped to advance the community engagement and personal achievement of young Canadians.

Time and again, he showed his lasting concern for our country and for Canadians. He was an inspiration to so many and will be greatly missed.

Book of Condolences

If you would like to sign the Book of Condolences, please visit Canadian Heritage.