"On behalf of City Council and the people of Toronto, I offer sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Family and the people of Great Britain and the entire Commonwealth on the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh," said Mayor John Tory. "Prince Philip had a lengthy history of public service to the Commonwealth, particularly Canada. Whether it was speaking at the Toronto Board of Trade in 1951 or surprising all with a visit to Toronto in 2013 at age 91 to present a ceremonial flag to the Royal Canadian Regiment's 3rd Battalion, Prince Philip had a strong connection to our city."
Prince Philip visited Toronto 20 times. His first visit was in 1951 when he accompanied then Princess Elizabeth on a tour she made in place of her ailing father, King George. His most recent visit was in 2013 when he came for the Presentation of Colours to the Royal Canadian Regiment at Queen's Park and to receive his insignia as Extra Companion of the Order of Canada and Extra Commander of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General at Royal York.
In the years between, Prince Philip accompanied Her Majesty on Royal Tours to Toronto and visited on his own for a myriad of events, including award presentations such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Regimental Visits, the opening of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and charitable events for the World Wildlife Fund.
Prince Philip's patronages with a Toronto connection are many: Canadian Club of Toronto, Upper Canada College, the Toronto Club, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto Press Club, Loyal Canadian Prince Club and Massey College in the University of Toronto.
Details regarding an online condolence book will be shared shortly.
At the request of the Mayor, all flags on official flag poles at Toronto City Hall, Old City Hall, the Civic Centres, Metro Hall and all City of Toronto facilities, parks and vessels will be flown at half-mast from today, Friday, April 9, 2021, to the day of the funeral to mark the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.