Manitobans are extending their sympathies to the royal family after the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Premier Brian Pallister says Manitobans have a special relationship with Prince Phillip following his visits to Manitoba, beginning in 1951. Since then, he had visited Manitoba 10 times, including during the 1967 Pan Am Games, The Flood of '97, and many others.
"On behalf of all Manitobans, I extend our sympathies to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of York, The Earl of Essex, The Princess Royal, His Royal Highness’ grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other members of the Royal Family," Pallister says in a statement.
The province has created a virtual condolence book, which will be open for people to sign and share memories of Prince Philip's work.
"We will remember his bravery during active service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and his long association with the military, his dedication and commitment to supporting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as the longest-serving royal consort in British history, his keen interest in conservation, his generosity of time and hard work for the many charities and organizations he acted as patron for, and his vision in creating the Duke of Edinburgh Awards to help young people explore their interests and give back to their communities."
The Duke of Edinburgh Award recognizes young people's physical fitness and community work.
"Manitobans greatly admired The Duke of Edinburgh’s commitment to the Canadian Forces, His encouragement to young people and His wonderful sense of humour. We fondly remember His many visits to our province over the years, both on His own and with Her Majesty The Queen, and the special effort He made to meet with Manitobans from all walks of life who strive to make valuable contributions to their communities," Janice C. Filmon, the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba says in a statement.
The Lieutenant Governor continues, saying his visit in 1997 will serve "as a reminder of Prince Philip’s unwavering dignity, loyalty, compassion for and service to all Canadians."
She is extending her "deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family" on the behalf of Manitobans.
Winnipeg's Mayor, Brian Bowman, is doing the same for Winnipeggers.
"As we reflect today, we give thanks for Prince Philip’s lifetime of service: from his naval service in the Second World War, to his tireless work on behalf of the Commonwealth, to his patronage of charitable causes like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the World Wildlife Fund. Throughout his life, his devotion to duty has always been inspiring; his deep concern for youth and the environment will surely continue to resonate far into the future," he says in a statement.
Bowman says Prince Philip was part of the Greatest Generation, which was evident in his life and work.
"For this, for his countless good works, and for his steadfast friendship with Canadians, Winnipeggers will always remember him.”