9th April 2021

It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that Prince Philip, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO, PC, has died at the age of 99.

Prince Philip was involved in many charities, mainly those reflecting his special interests in technological research, conservation of the environment and engineering and construction. He was an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, an award presented to him in 1958.

Giving the first annual Duke of Edinburgh lecture in 1974, he said: “Building has become one of the most important factors in our national life. The quality of life in the home, in offices, in factories and in other places of work and leisure depends directly on the quality of the buildings. … I hope that the staff and members of the CIOB will be inspired to redouble their efforts to raise standards and improve efficiency in this vital area.”

Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Building, said:

“Prince Philip was a wonderful advocate for the difference that the built environment can make in people’s lives. He understood that the quality of buildings and the experiences of those using them has the power to be a positive force. His understanding of these issues and ability to convey their importance will be missed. He was a unique figure in public life and the CIOB will always remember his contribution.”

The full Buckingham Palace statement can be found here:


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