It was with great sadness that I received notification
from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness Prince Philip
has died at Windsor Castle.
The death of His Royal
Highness is a great loss to Her Majesty the Queen, the
members of the Royal Family and the people of Her
Majesty’s Realms and territories.
Prince Philip will
be remembered for the steadfast support he provided to Queen
Elizabeth throughout her reign and his promotion of
conservation and environmental causes. The Duke of Edinburgh
Award programme that he helped establish will be a lasting
legacy for the youth of New Zealand.
I have written to
the Queen on behalf of all New Zealanders, expressing the
condolences of the nation. The message reads as
On behalf of the people of New Zealand, I
convey our deepest condolences on the death of His Royal
Highness Prince Philip. Our thoughts are with the members of
the Royal Family at this time of great sorrow.
Zealand shares with the people of Her Majesty’s Realms a
tremendous sense of sadness at the great personal loss you
We have fond memories of His Royal
Highness’s visits to New Zealand, and will remember his
commitment to Commonwealth nations and his dedication to
raise awareness of threats to the world’s
I remain, Your Majesty,
Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM,