Prince Philip: RASC President & Patron

Prince Philip with Conference Delegates in Balmoral 2002

It is with huge sadness that we at The Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) learnt today of the death of our Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

RASC was the brainchild of the Duke of Edinburgh which was set up in 1957 with the purpose of linking Agricultural Show Societies from around the Commonwealth. The duke remained closely involved with the society right up to his retirement as President in 2011 when he handed over to his daughter HRH The Princess Royal. The duke then very kindly agreed to become our Patron thus ensuring the continued connection with the Society and he continued to follow RASC affairs. 

As President of the RASC he was a regular attender at society events and attended virtually all the Commonwealth Agricultural Conferences. He was major contributor to the affairs of RASC and was involved closely in the organisation of a number of Commonwealth Agricultural Conferences. He was also an active participant in those conferences including chairing some of them and always enjoyed the opportunity when time allowed of joining the associated agricultural tours.  His attendance at RASC events was always much appreciated by RASC members especially his approachability. He was always insistent that he met all the attendees at a conference. He will be sadly missed by many RASC members and friends.

RASC sends their deepest condolences to HM The Queen, our President HRH The Princess Royal and members of the Royal Family.