Ynys Môn MP’s Westminster tribute to Prince Philip

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh in Parliament saying he “devoted his life to this country for over 70 years”.

Virginia spoke as MPs came back from recess early on Monday to pay their respects to Prince Philip, who died last week aged 99.

“To our Majesty the Queen, on behalf of my constituents on Ynys Môn, I offer sympathy, support, and affection at this difficult time,” she said. 

“We honour the memory of Prince Philip, and thank God for his lifetime of service to our country. Although he may be gone from our sight, he will never be absent from our hearts.”

Virginia told MPs the prince’s last public visit to Ynys Môn was to visit his grandson Prince William when he was an RAF rescue helicopter pilot.

She said the prince’s great legacy was the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which he described as a “do-it-yourself growing up kit”.

“A core element of his award is the famous expedition, inspired by the first ever Outward-Bound centre here in north Wales,” Virginia explained. “For thousands of young people from all backgrounds, that offered their first opportunity to enjoy hiking and sleeping under canvas. Many pitched at local sites, such as the Anglesey Outdoor Centre, to enjoy that experience. 

“Indeed, members of my team here on the island took part in the award scheme on Ynys Môn. Like millions of others, the patronage of the prince gave them the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn new skills.”

She also added that it was poignant to read “the words of love and tribute released by the prince’s children and grandchildren”.

“The affection with which they held him is clear to see,” she added.

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