Prince Philip in Hillsborough Park: Remembering the Duke of Edinburgh’s visits to Sheffield

People have been sharing their memories of the Duke of Edinburgh’s visits to Sheffield, following his death, aged 99.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 2:29 pm

From those who as children got the day off school when Prince Philip came to the city as part of the Queen’s silver jubilee tour in 1977, to an engineer who hosted him on an industrial visit during the early 90s, people have been quick to post about their favourite stories.

The architect and writer Jeremy Till wrote: “My HRH Philip story: In penance for his gaffe about overseas students having to come to places like Sheffield he was obliged to visit the University of Sheffield, and I was asked to present the Sheffield 1900 model of the city in 1900 made by architecture students under Peter Blundell Jones.

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The Queen and Prince Philip during a visit to Hillsborough Park, Sheffield, in 1977 as part of the silver jubilee tour

"Quick as a flash, HRH summoned the room and pointing at the model and then my students said: "Look, behold what modern architects have destroyed."

Jerry Gorman wrote: “Very sad to hear about the death of Prince Philip. I had the honour of hosting him when he opened an industrial project in Sheffield in 1991. A straight talking individual who impressed all who met him. A sad loss to the UK.”

@skylineowl tweeted: “Who remembers the Queen's Silver Jubilee tour of Yorkshire 1977 accompanied by Prince Philip visiting various locations including Hillsborough Park, Sheffield? We had the day off school.”

The Queen announced ‘with deep sorrow’ that her husband had passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”