LTC ‘saddened’ by Prince Philip’s death

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Royal family: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 (image: Flickr, Michael Gwyther-Jones)
Royal family: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 (image: Flickr, Michael Gwyther-Jones)

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The Licensed Trade Charity (LTC), of which Prince Philip was a patron, has said its staff, trustees and volunteers have paid tribute to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, following his death on Friday 9 April.

The charity said it had a strong and historic relationship with the Royal Family over 180 years and was honoured to have Prince Philip as its figurehead.

The Duke of Edinburgh was patron of Licensed Victuallers’ National Homes and when it merged with the Society of Licensed Victuallers in 2004 to become the LTC, he maintained his association and became the LTC patron.

He recognised charity volunteers for their time given with a number of them attending the Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

In 1836, the Society of Licensed Victuallers (the LTC as it was known then) was granted a Royal Charter, with King William IV becoming the first royal patron of the Licensed Victuallers’ School.

Long-standing history

The royal connection continued with Prince Philip as patron of the LTC and The Queen as patron of the LVS schools (formerly known as the Licensed Victuallers School) since she ascended the throne in 1952.

The Queen and Prince Philip visited the Licensed Victuallers School, which was then in Slough, Berkshire, in 1978 to mark the 175th​ anniversary of its foundation.

An announcement from the Royal Family last week said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning (Friday 9 April) at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Deeply saddened

LTC chief executive Jim Brewster said: “It has been a privilege to enjoy the patronage of Prince Philip for so many years and we are all deeply saddened by this news.

“We look forward to continuing to deliver the highest level of help for licensed trade people in need with the support and patronage of the Royal Family.”

The flag at the charity’s headquarters, which is the LVS Ascot School in Ascot, Berkshire, was flown at half mast as a mark of respect.

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