HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT

08 April 2021 | Wildscreen

Wildscreen is saddened to learn of the death of its long serving Royal Patron, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and would like to offer its deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

His Royal Highness took a special interest in wildlife and the environment, and was a champion of conservation for many years. 

During the 1960s, Prince Philip, together with Lord Aubrey Buxton, initiated a programme of conferences, known as the ‘Countryside in 1970’, and in 1961 accepted the presidency of the British National Appeal, which later became WWF-UK.  His Royal Highness published ‘Birds from Britannia’ in 1962, and in 1967 introduced ‘The Enchanted Isles’, Lord Buxton’s ‘Survival’ series about the Galapagos Islands.  His Royal Highness also served as International President of WWF from 1981 to 1996.

In 1982, Prince Philip accepted an invitation to become Royal Patron of Wildscreen, an organisation dedicated to promoting conservation of the natural world, through the power of wildlife imagery, and was honoured at the 1996 Wildscreen Festival with the Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement.  This prestigious award is made by Wildscreen to an individual or organisation that has made a globally significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation or the public’s understanding of the environment, and was a fitting tribute to Prince Philip’s dedication in this field.

Whilst his Royal Highness was Patron or President of some 800 organisations, Prince Philip gave his time generously to Wildscreen, writing a regular message for inclusion within the Wildscreen Festival programme, attending the awards ceremony when possible, and taking a genuine interest in the films and filmmakers, who he recognised as making an incredible contribution to our knowledge of and engagement with the natural world. 

In recent years, His Royal Highness hosted annual luncheons at Buckingham Palace on behalf of Wildscreen, where he shared his thoughts on current conservation issues with guests and spoke of the importance of Wildscreen’s work.

It is with sincere gratitude that we would like to pay tribute to His Royal Highness for his invaluable support of Wildscreen, and his dedication to the conservation of the natural world.

“Books and lectures can do a lot to explaining the facts of life on this planet, but films and photographs are better at stirring the imagination. I am quite sure that through its series of initiatives, Wildscreen has been responsible for making many more people aware of the natural world.”

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT

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