HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
10th June 1921 – 9th April 2021
All members will have been saddened to hear of the death today of our Royal Patron, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who was a member of our Club for 73 years. He first became a member in 1948 when our clubhouse comprised of four small, rented cottages and we had barely 300 members.
Over subsequent decades the Duke was a regular visitor to our club and, as we began to grow and expand our facilities, he was always pleased to open each new development. This culminated in his last visit in 2015 to open the Prince Philip Yacht Haven, which we were graciously allowed to name in his honour.
The Prince was a keen and competitive sailor at Cowes Week and other events and was a passionate supporter of our sport and our Club. We shall all miss him greatly.
The Commodore, Flag Officers and Members of the Royal Southern Yacht Club offer our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all members of his family.
From Monday, 12th April, a book of condolence will be available to sign on Dens Deck. The Palace has requested donations to a charity of your choice rather than bringing flowers.
When on the water, as the ensign cannot be flown at half mast, please wear a black band attached above the ensign. These will be available alongside the book of condolence, should you require one.
The Club Ensign will remain at half-mast until after the funeral.