Duke of Edinburgh Memorial
The RSFS publishes its Letter of Condolence to the Queen, HRH Prince Philip's Obituary and reflects on the 150th Anniversary address gave in 2004.

Duke of Edinburgh passes

The Royal Scottish Forestry Society is deeply saddened to hear of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and we send our condolences to the Queen and his family.  He was made an honorary member of RSFS in 1954 our centenary and he addressed the conference to mark 150 years of the Society.

The Queen and HRH Prince Philip

RSFS Letter of condolence

The President of the Society wrote to the Queen on 14th April 2021. 

Read the letter to the Queen

Duke of Edinburgh RSFS Obituary

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was born on 10th June 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu.  He died at Windsor on 9 April 2021. 

He was made an honorary member of RSFS in 1954 our centenary and he later addressed the conference to mark 150 years of the Society.

Read the full obituary

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150th Anniversary address by Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke was scheduled to speak to our 150th anniversary celebration at Pitlochry on 5th November 2004.  His attendance was an extraordinary achievement for HRH as it was scheduled the same day as his return from accompanying the Queen on a state visit to Germany.  Between their return from Germany and his departure for Perth, the Duke attended the funeral of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.  The plan for his trip had been to land at Edinburgh but to save time, it was changed to Perth and then the pilot decided to revert to Edinburgh.  

This was unbeknown to the assembled members waiting outside the Festival Theatre, Perth to greet him where he would plant the inevitable tree. So as dusk fell, members patiently waited, waited and "better waited".  When he eventually arrived and was handed the spade he looked at the assembled crowd and said "What's the matter with you lot? Have you never seen anyone planting a tree before?". A classic!  He gave  a brilliant address to a packed audience on the subject of the management of forestry at Balmoral, starting with Queen Victoria buying the Ballochbuie to save it from the James Jones axemen. 

Read the anniversary address


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