The UK is in mourning immediately on the lack of their beloved Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was 99 years previous, two months earlier than he would have turned 100. He was married to the Queen for 74 years.

All through their marriage, he was a tower of energy for her, by means of private tragedy and triumph, as a husband, a father, a grandfather, and an amazing grandfather.

The Duke of Edinburgh was a naval officer to the core. As a toddler he was evacuated from Greece together with the remainder of the Greek Royal Household on a destroyer of the British Navy. He joined the Royal Naval School, Dartmouth as a young person, and it was there he first correctly met the then 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth in 1939. They had been married in 1947.

In the course of the Second World Struggle he had served on warships with distinction, being Talked about in Dispatches for bravery. His naval profession blossomed after the Struggle, until he acquired his first command of the warship Magpie in 1950. His lively naval profession got here to an finish in 1952 when Elizabeth grew to become the Queen on the dying of her father however his love and attachment for the Navy continued all through his life.

Philip was an avid sportsman. He acquired a yacht as a marriage present due to his love of crusing. He went on to win a serious trophy on the difficult Cowes Week. He performed polo recurrently and was additionally a eager cricketer.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen visited Pakistan twice, first in 1961 and once more in 1997 on Pakistan’s 50th Independence Anniversary. The primary go to lasted two weeks and the second slightly below per week, throughout which they toured the complete nation and met folks of each background, notably college students and the youth. The Prince, being the Duke of Edinburgh (in Scotland) was notably fascinated by bag-pipers he noticed at a efficiency of navy bands throughout his 1961 go to to Pakistan and promptly based a bag-piping trophy for the Pakistan Military. His relationship with Pakistan was robust and he remained a Patron, a pro-Patron, and Patron in Chief of the UK-Pakistan Society over 63 years.

Prince Philip beloved nature and was one of many earliest champions of conservation and preservation of nature. He helped type the World Wildlife Fund, of which he remained President for 20 years. When his successor was to be chosen, he personally selected a most distinguished Pakistani businessman, educationist and conservationist Syed Babar Ali.

The Duke was a distinguished supporter of scores of charities and welfare actions all through the world. One which stands out notably is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program. He set this up in 1956. Right now it’s lively in a couple of hundred and thirty international locations. Mr Muhammad Ali Rangoonwala introduced it to Pakistan in 1987 and scores of younger Pakistanis have benefited from it with participation in occasions in a few dozen international locations. This programme is designed to “equip and empower younger folks from all communities to construct the talents, confidence and resilience they should take advantage of out of life”.

Prince Philip leaves the world with this noble message for the youth of Pakistan and of the world, a message he has actively labored to help for over 64 years.

Lord Sarfraz is a British-Pakistani Member of the Home of Lords

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