The following statement was issued by Buckingham Palace this morning;

 “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Quite a shock to awake to the news this morning of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh the longest serving consort to a British monarch who was at times outspoken, ahead of his time with many issues, fellow with a splendid sense of humour and all round good egg.

Condolences to his family, especially Her Majesty the Queen and I think it safe to repeat the old saying “a nation mourns” and know that it does.

God save The Queen.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has  announced | ITV News

About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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  1. A fine gentleman who gave tremendous support to his wife for so many years!

  2. SueW says:

    Joe, I cried when I heard the announcement. Sadly, I’d been waiting for this since he was released from hospital. I had a feeling that those arteries were probably too worn out to fix and that he’d gone home to live out his final days in peace, just like another dear old friend of mine.

    I’m with Peter. A wonderful gentleman. RIP. Prince Philip.

  3. Very sad. I know how the Queen feels having lost my husband recently.

  4. So very sad – had hoped he would love to see his special card from his wife . I cried too . What a wonderful man and end of a era . My husband met him three times through his work for D of E and for our son’s gold award , sadly I did not .

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