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The RHS closes its gardens to pay tribute to Prince Philip

Olivia Heath
·3-min read
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Royal Horticultural Society closed all four of its gardens early on Friday as a mark of respect following the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The RHS will also close its four gardens – Wisley, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor – on the day of the funeral, it has been confirmed.

The gardening charity issued a statement after Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip had passed away, aged 99, at Windsor Castle on Friday morning (9th April 2021).

In a statement, the RHS sent their deepest condolences to Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family, and paid tribute to Prince Philip for being a dedicated campaigner for the conservation of nature and the natural world.

'It is with great sadness and deep respect that the Society marks the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday, 9 April,' the statement read. 'His Royal Highness was a dedicated campaigner for the conservation of our natural world. He pioneered the path to climate activism, devoting himself to raising public awareness of the complex relationship between humanity and the environment.

'As a mark of respect and due to our sorrow of the passing of His Royal Highness, the RHS will be closing all four of its RHS Gardens at Wisley, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor for the rest of today and also on the day of the funeral when it is confirmed.'

Photo credit: RHS / Luke MacGregor
Photo credit: RHS / Luke MacGregor

For visitors who had booked time slots to visit the gardens, the RHS said in an updated statement via Instagram: 'We are a Royal Chartered charity and Her Majesty The Queen is our Patron. We are deeply saddened by today’s news and the closure of our RHS Gardens is a reflection of that. We are sorry to visitors who were meant to visit today and had to cancel. We will be contacting everyone to offer a full refund or chance to rebook. We are open as usual tomorrow and look forward to welcoming visitors back.'

Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images

The Royals have long-standing ties with the RHS, especially the Chelsea Flower Show. The Queen has been Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society since 1952. She first attended RHS Chelsea as Monarch in 1955, and has visited almost every year since; attending the show in person on press day; a day which is reserved for VIPs and the media.

Until he retired from royal duties in 2017, Prince Philip attended RHS Chelsea alongside the Queen, where he visited the gardens and floral displays 'with enthusiasm and the keen eye for detail he was renowned for', describe the RHS.

Photo credit: ADRIAN DENNIS - Getty Images
Photo credit: ADRIAN DENNIS - Getty Images

The Duke, who was International President of the World Wildlife Fund from 1981 until 1996, was also present when the Queen planted a purple beech in the Jubilee Arboretum at Garden Wisley in May 1978, and when she opened The Glasshouse in June 2007.

Photo credit: George W. Hales - Getty Images
Photo credit: George W. Hales - Getty Images

Born on the Greek island of Corfu in 1921, Prince Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, had been married to the Queen for 73 years. A statement from Buckingham Palace announced the news of his death on Friday 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. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also posted a tribute on the website of their Archewell organisation, which read: 'In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021. Thank you for your service... you will be greatly missed.'

Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Duke's funeral will be held at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle – although modified funeral and ceremonial arrangements are being considered due to COVID. The Duke will not have a state funeral and and there will be no lying-in-state, in line with his wishes. More details, including the date of the funeral, are expected to be announced by Buckingham Palace in due course.

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