But along with Saturday’s profoundly sad and poignant funeral in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, marking Prince Phillip’s remarkable life and legacy, a host of Royal reminiscences have been recalled by historians and commentators, and by members of the public in the UK and around the world.
Aside from numerous renditions of Prince Phillip’s countless quips, one of the jolliest recollections and poignant re-enactments locally was of the part played, rather loudly, by Lambeg drums when the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Hillsborough Castle in 1953. And it wasn’t the first time that royalty and Lambeg drums rubbed shoulders in Hillsborough.
Almost eight years ago some wonderful reminiscences of Hillsborough from days of yore were shared on this page, courtesy of the late Mayne Harshaw and recorded in his book ‘Childhood Memories of the Early 1930s’.
One of the most colourful of the author’s youthful recollections was of a royal visitor whose arrival in the town “exceeded all expectations for sheer excitement” – and Lambeg drums were involved.
The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and then Duke of Windsor after his abdication “received a rousing welcome from huge crowds packed along the village streets,” Mayne recounted.
There isn’t a reference to any particular date in the book, except that Prince Edward’s…