VALE His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Dear Members and Friends,
We are all aware of the passing of our Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the many tributes that have already been offered. I arrived in Sydney over the weekend and my quarantine solitude is giving me the opportunity to absorb the many obituaries published on the life and wonderful achievements of this outstanding man. I particularly enjoyed reading the obituary in The Times. However all noted his “hard work", his “loyalty, determination, stoicism” and there were many mentions, of course, of his sometimes cutting wit. Here in Australia, this historic moment is the central theme across all of the media and his 20 visits to Australia, with and without the Queen, are highlighted.
Prince Philip’s many trips to Australia underlie his long and consistent support for the Britain-Australia Society and, even earlier, his support for our foundation organisation, the Australia Club. In 1971, when the Australia Club was reconstituted as the Australia Society (which later changed its name to the Britain-Australia Society), Prince Philip gladly accepted the appointment as its Patron and he actively held that position for the rest of his life. In April 2017, at the age of 95, he presented the Britain-Australia Society Award to Ms Kylie Minogue, followed by an event at Australia House. In only very recent weeks did we exchange correspondence about the Gala event we still hope to hold in October to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Members and friends will quickly understand that this is also the 50th anniversary of Prince Philip’s patronage of the Britain-Australia Society. It is in that context that I write to you with great sadness to mark the passing of our first and only Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Our heartfelt condolences go to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.
Damian J. Walsh
Welcome to The Britain-Australia Society, the premier society promoting and encouraging the shared cultural, economic, educational, sporting and inter-governmental links between our two countries.
Who we are:
The Britain-Australia Society exists to promote and maintain the rich relationship between Australia and the United Kingdom. Our members are individuals and corporations who are aligned with and support that objective. We do this by celebrating our shared history and furthering our longstanding cultural, educational, sporting and inter-governmental links. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was the Society’s Patron from 1971 until his death in 2021. Lord Hague of Richmond is our President.
Our headquarters are in Australia House in London and we have branches in seven regions across the United Kingdom.
What we do:
The Britain-Australia Society works to connect its members across the United Kingdom through an active and varied events programme ranging from high-level networking opportunities in sought after locations, to briefings by leading experts on topical issues such as trade and defence policy.
With exclusive access to many prestigious events and venues, and a diverse membership including some of the leading figures in Anglo-Australian relations, the Society is the organisation for individuals and companies who want to support the wide-ranging and modern relationship between the UK and Australia.
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