His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921 – 2021
The College is saddened to note the death of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, the father of Jesus alumnus His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex (1983). Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Born in Greece in 1921, he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947. The Queen succeeded to the Throne in 1952.
The Duke of Edinburgh last visited the College in 1996 when The Queen opened the Quincentenary Library, in his role as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. The Duke of Edinburgh championed British and Commonwealth contemporary art; during the same visit he reportedly quizzed Barry Flanagan on the finer points of equine anatomy when the artist was presented to him next to Flanagan’s Bronze Horse sculpture in First Court.
His son, The Earl of Wessex, read History at Jesus College between 1983 and 1986.
The College flag will fly at half-mast today and on the day of the funeral.