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Governor Rankin invites VI to observe minute silence for Prince Phillip

Governor Rankin invites VI to observe minute silence for Prince Phillip

Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) Mr John J. Rankin, CMG has invited the VI to observe a minute of silence for the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, who passed away on April 9, 2021, at age 99.

Further, a book of condolence has been opened for the public at the Old Government House Museum.

Book of Condolence/Minute silence

“He was a friend to the British Virgin Islands, first visiting in 1966 and then in 1977 and 1993,” the Governor’s Office wrote in a press statement today, April 12, 2021.

“The Governor invites everyone across the Territory to observe a minute’s silence in honour of The Prince Philip,” the statement noted.

Leading up to the funeral, the Governor has opened a book of condolence at the Old Government House Museum, where the Duke of Edinburgh visited and had lunch.

The book of condolence will be open to the public from 12 noon today (Monday, April 12) to 3:00 pm, and then 10:00 am until 3:00 pm each working day until Friday, April 16, 2021.

Covid-19 protocols must be observed when signing the book, and mourners are asked to bring their own pen and wear a mask. Visitors should park on the road outside the Governor’s Office and walk through the main gate to the museum.

Book of Condolence also online

A virtual condolence book is also available online at the website.

Governor John Rankin said:

“I thank everyone who has already sent messages remembering The Duke of Edinburgh’s visits to the British Virgin Islands. All those wishing to pay their respects are invited to do so by signing the condolence book and joining the minute’s silence”.

No wreaths but donation welcome

The Palace, according to the statement, does not expect, nor would encourage, the sending of a wreath or flowers. “If people wish to do so, a donation to a charity would be welcome.”

Information on charities with which the Duke of Edinburgh was involved is available at


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