Remembering Prince Philip's historic visits to Burnley

The Burnley Express has looked back on two historic visits Prince Philip made to Burnley, after news was announced of his death today aged 99.

By Dominic Collis
Friday, 9th April 2021, 1:01 pm

The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving consort in British history.

The Duke and the Queen last visited Burnley in 2012 along with the Prince of Wales to take a tour of the regenerated Weavers' Triangle area. He also visited the town in 1987.

And as our images show, the visit proved hugely popular with residents.

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Prince Philip on a visit to Burnley in 2012 with Prince Charles and Her Majesty the Queen

One of the highlights of the visit was a trip along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on board the 'Pride of Sefton' Barge.

The Duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch's side.

He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.

The Palace said in a statement: "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.

Prince Philip on a visit to AMS Neve in Burnley in 1987

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will made in due course.

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

Prince Philip travelling on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Charles in Burnley in 2012