In 2013, Prince Philip made his last Canadian visit and became a Companion of the Order of Canada. He was a patron, president or member of more than 750 organizations around the world, including 48 based in Canada. His philanthropic initiatives will continue after his passing. His youngest son, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex has visited Canada on numerous occasions in support of the Duke of Edinburgh Award program.
Prince Philip spent his last months at Windsor Castle with the Queen during the 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic saw the royal family shift from royal walkabouts and tours to virtual public engagements. Although Prince Philip formally retired from public engagements in 2017, he remained engaged with current events until almost the end of his life, praising the efforts of educators and front-line workers during the pandemic.
The modernization of the monarchy continues in the commemorations of Prince Philip’s life and legacy. The public is encouraged to sign online condolence books and make donations to charities in honour of his decades of public service in the United Kingdom, Canada and the Commonwealth.
Carolyn Harris, PhD, is a history instructor at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and the author of three books, including Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book series, English Consorts: Power, Influence Dynasty.
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