Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99 peacefully on 9th April 2021 at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip was the longest serving consort in history; married to Queen Elizabeth for 73 years.
The Duke was a keen horseman. He was FEI President from 1964 to 1986, succeeded by his daughter Princess Anne, the princess royal. He played polo during his time in the Royal Navy and became one of Britain’s top 10 players. He was also keen in Driving winning team gold at the 1980 World Driving Championship and bronze in 1978, 1982 and 1984. He also placed sixth individually in 1982.
Prince Philip started the Pony Club Prince Philip Cup. A world-famous Mounted Games competition featuring fast-paced action, where Pony Club Branches and Centres compete for the coveted trophy.
FEI President Ingmar De Vos said “The passing of Prince Philip is a huge loss for equestrian sport and his legacy, particularly at the FEI, will live on for many many decades to come. I first met him in London at the FEI General Assembly in 2005, and again at the FEI Eventing European Championships in Blair Castle in 2015. He was a man of incredible energy and a great sense of humour and the FEI was honoured to have him as our longest serving President. His dedication to equestrian sports cannot be underestimated and will never be forgotten, especially in the Driving community. He was born in the same year the FEI was founded and sadly he will not be with us to celebrate his own and the FEI’s centenary this year. We will celebrate his life and remember him as a great ambassador of our sport.”