In memory of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and former Trustee and Patron of Royal Museums Greenwich

The Duke of Edinburgh had a long and committed association with the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark (later Royal Museums Greenwich), being actively engaged with and giving his unique support the Museum and Ship for over 73 years. The Duke became a Trustee of the Museum in 1948, becoming the Museum’s ‘senior trustee’ in 1974 and assuming the role of its first Royal Patron in 2000.

Throughout his period of service as a Trustee and Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh readily gave the Museum public support, from the opening of the Octagon Room at the Royal Observatory in 1953, through to the opening of the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre in 2017.

As a Trustee, His Royal Highness regularly attended board meetings, offering influential suggestions on, amongst other subjects, the modern collecting policy for maritime material and presentation of displays for general interest - particularly for young people, rather than specialist audiences.

Paddy Rodgers, Director RMG said: “The support given to the Borough, to the Cutty Sark and the Museum, has been quietly effective for us and the unwavering interest and continuity of support over more than 70 years speaks volumes for his interest and dedication. On behalf of all who have benefitted I would like to offer thanks for his unique contribution”.

The importance of the role played by the Duke of Edinburgh in the life of the Cutty Sark cannot be overestimated. He was instrumental in the Cutty Sark coming to Greenwich in 1948, and its ongoing preservation. He made Greenwich the home of the memorial for the National Monument to British Seafarers Naval and Mercantile who have died in the service of the Nation.

Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, Chair of Royal Museums Greenwich said " Amongst a significant portfolio of maritime interests that the Duke maintained after he ceased active service in the Royal Navy, was his association with both the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark. For over 70 years he was a most influential, engaged and dynamic Trustee and ultimately the Patron.  Indeed, in 2017, to mark this lifelong connection and in recognition of his outstanding commitment to both these causes, he presided over the opening of the newly built state of the art collection centre suitably named The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre. "

Some of the highlights of The Duke of Edinburgh’s involvement as a Trustee and Patron can be found in a tribute on our website’s homepage here.

We are so grateful to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh for his loyal support of the Museums over the past 70 years, and today we remember his longstanding commitment to the Museums and our collections.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, to help continue the work that HRH supported, we would be very grateful.