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The Queen has praised her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh as a “great champion of engineering” in a Twitter thread dedicated to ways the Royal Family supports the engineering community. The Royal Family Twitter account shared on October 6 the message penned by Her Majesty to mark the 150th anniversary of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – an organisation of which the monarch is the patron.
The sovereign wrote: “As Patron of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, I send my warmest congratulations to all the members, volunteers and staff on the occasion of your 150th anniversary.
“Engineering and Technology innovations have had an impact on many aspects of our lives, from the rapid evolution of electrical technologies that underpin 21st-century life, to the countless other inventions which have become invaluable to us all.
“Engineers have created solutions to global challenges and continue to improve the lives of millions of people all over the world.
“This anniversary provides an opportunity to thank and recognise the dedication and hard work of all those working in engineering and technology who, every day, make a difference to society, and whose professionalism is championed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
“I send my good wishes to you all and hope the next 150 years will continue to bring you success in delivering your vision to Engineer a Better World.”
The Queen’s message was followed by an acknowledgement of Prince Philip’s interest and work done for the progress of the engineering industry in Britain.
One tweet mentioned the Prince Philip Prize hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The Royal Family Twitter account wrote: “The Duke of Edinburgh was a great champion of engineering, and the Prince Philip Prize continues to honour engineers who have made ‘exceptional contributions to engineering through practice, management or education’.”
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The organisation, the first UK’s national academy of engineering, was founded in 1976 with the support of Prince Philip, who became its first senior fellow.
The Royal Family Twitter account also shared an article penned by Prince Philip in 2015 for the New Scientist.
In it, the Duke stated great engineers “have a passion to improve life”.
Praising the profession and those who practice engineering with full commitment, he added: “Engineering is not just a profession to be learned and practised as a way of making a living.
“It is one of the few ways in which human talent can be given the chance to improve, and frequently to transform, the comfort and prosperity of the human community.
“In fact, engineering has made a greater positive difference to human life than almost any other human endeavour.”
The official account of the Queen and all the working royals who don’t have their own social media handle also mentioned the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering as another way the Firm supports the engineering community.
The Queen’s public tribute to Prince Philip comes six months after the Duke died at Windsor Castle.
The Iron Duke, as he became known over the decades, passed away only two months marking his 100th birthday.
Several members of the Royal Family have since publicly paid tribute to Philip by taking part in the BBC special Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers.
The sovereign granted access to her private collection of films and clips to create the hour-long documentary, but did not take part in the show.
On October 2, as she delivered a speech during the opening of the Scottish Parliament, the Queen spoke publicly about her husband for the first time.
While speaking about her affection for Scotland, Her Majesty told MSPs and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: “I have spoken before of my deep and abiding affection for this wonderful country, and of the many happy memories Prince Philip and I always held of our time here”.
The Queen recently ended her first summer break spent at Balmoral without the Duke.
She is now facing her first winter, which she will likely spend at Windsor Castle while visiting Buckingham Palace for engagements, in the absence of her husband.