His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

The RCMP Veterans’ Association wishes to convey its condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  The  mourning of his death around the world reminds us all of what a singularly spectacular individual he was and how much he contributed both to Great Britain and other countries around the world.

Many members of this Veterans’ Association provided escort services to the Queen and Prince Philip over the years and he will certainly be remembered as an engaging man of the people. 


  1. Jena says:

    Duke is a very nice and soft spoken on my knowledge. Deepest condolence to the royal family and all of us (people) in deep grieve. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. Supt. Ralph L De Groot(Ret) says:

    I was a junior constable stationed at Truro, N.S. Late in the evening on October 29, 1958, the Cpl. told me to pack some stuff (I lived in barracks), the Highway Patrol would drive me to Springhill, and report to the Cpl.. A mine disaster had occurred and some extra hands were needed. On arrival at the mine, the Cpl. explained to me that I was being tasked to perform in assistance or aid to the coroner inside Collery No.2, to ensure that when the wire baskets with remains started coming up on the rail carts from the Drager men below, each basket would have all necessary body parts. It took some time but many baskets came up plus ones with just body parts which I placed where needed, then releasing each complete remains to waiting coroner drivers. The last of the remains were in closed aluminum containers because of odour and I did not have to open them. There were still only three of us on site and we worked around the clock. Then on October 31, 1958, towards evening, a mine official came running and said to be on my toes because Prince Philip had suddenly showed up from New Brunswick, I believe, unannounced and was touring the site to pay his respects to the waiting families. I knew I looked like (expletive deleted); wet coal dust dripping from face, uniform and boots, yellow stripes now a discoloured dark brown. Before I could think what to do, there he was. The mine manager introduced me as the RCMP constable assisting the coroner and explained in very general terms my duties. The prince stuck out his hand but thank goodness I found the words to say, “Your Royal Highness, I apologize for my appearance but I have not been able to change my clothes or clean myself. He replied, “Well, I have gloves on,” and he shook my hand enthusiastically.

  3. Bud Squair says:

    I am reminded of the visit of the Queen and Prince Phillip to Edmonton’s City Hall in 2005. The large pool in front of the building caused the pair to walk on opposite sides of the pool – the Queen on our side and Prince Phillip on the other side of the pool. When they were past the pool, the Prince noted that he had ended up ahead of the Queen, so he leaped into the air with his legs extended, and moved some little distance back.
    A Royal with a tremendous sense of humour.

  4. Bob Nay says:

    The high light of my career was the escorting the Royal Family during Manitoba’s 100 th Anniversary.
    In Feb. of 1970 Cpl John Hosfeld and myself Cpl. Bob Nay to brake and train 8 horses to escort the Royal Family in Winnipeg in July of 1970. Cpl John and myself escorted Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip while Cpl Downey and Cpl Ogilvie Princess Diane and Prince Charles. I rode right in front of the Queen. Prince Phillip almost made us late getting into the carriage by giving his usual candies to the door man. Once they got settled in the Coach the conversation was priceless as Queen Elizabeth continued to wave to the crowd. This certainly was the high light of my career.

  5. Dennis Schneider
    I retired from the RCMP in 1996 and in 2000 I had the honor to serve in Yukon Government as Speaker of the Legislature. In September 2000, my wife Yvonne and I had the honor to represent Yukon for meetings of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Great Britain. One afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip visited to meet the participants. HRH Prince Philip noticed my name tag representing YUKON. He advised he had visited Yukon on more than one occasion and had several questions pertaining to Dawson City and Whitehorse. He did not mind holding the line up. HRH obviously was impressed with Yukon. I was thankful for my service in the Force which allowed me to answer his enquiries.


  6. George Kilvington, R.C.M.P., Ret'd. says:

    In the early 1950’s, I was a young boy in Victoria, B.C. when the newly Crowned Queen and Prince Philip visited the city. During their walk-around outside the Empress Hotel, Prince Philip approached me and shook my hand. It was a thrilling moment that has lasted a lifetime. Later in life, after joining the R.C.M.P., I had occasion to participate in further Royal visits, providing security for the Royal Couple. Prince Philip was a very impressive figure during these visits, I, having stood at attention, mere inches from him and the Queen. He will truly be missed. Rest in Peace, Your Royal Highness.

  7. Sgt. (retired) Phil Northrup says:

    I have had the distinct honor and privilege of working with the royal family members, especially HRH Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip on a number of occasions as a member of the VIP Security Section in Alberta. HRH Prince Philip is remembered for how genuine he was and was a true gentleman as he carried out his responsibilities and duties. His passing is a great loss to Canadians as he was a frequent visitor to our country.

  8. Barry Beaulac says:

    Admirable person in support of the Queen and the Commonwealth. First saw the Royal couple in Manitoba in very early 50’s and in 1959 with other members provided security for the train from Lake Louise to Rogers Pass. I was security at the end of the train while stopped in Golden and the Prince made brief conversation with me and as well with some local people.

  9. Ernie MacAulay says:

    In October 1987 and again in August 1994, I was assigned as Security Officer for Royal Visits to British Columbia. This duty involved preparation of and execution of an operational plan to ensure that Her Majesty had a safe and secure visit. Her Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on both visits. I had heard of the Duke’s reputation for being somewhat difficult to deal with from a security point of view so I attempted to learn his ‘likes and dislikes’ and tried to accommodate the former and avoid the latter. I seemed to be able to achieve both – during both visits, His Royal Highness was most pleasant to deal with and was always in great humour with all our interactions being quite positive. I found him to be very interested in everything that was happening, knowledgeable about many subjects, and he had a great sense of humour. He particularly liked gaining knowledge of local issues and then informing Her Majesty of what he learned.

    Rest in Peace Your Royal Highness

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