University of Toronto lowers flags to half-mast in memory of Prince Philip

In May 1962, Prince Philip laid the cornerstone of Massey College, an independent graduate college affiliated with the University of Toronto (photo courtesy of Massey College)

The University of Toronto has lowered its flags to half-mast in memory of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip, 99, died Friday at Windsor Castle, where he lived with the Queen during the pandemic.

“The thoughts of all Canadians are with her and the entire Royal Family as they mourn this significant loss,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.

Flags across U of T’s three campuses will remain at half-mast now until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial service.

Prince Philip visited Toronto 20 times over the years, stopping more than once at U of T. On their first royal visit to Toronto in 1951, the royal couple posed for pictures and waved to a crowd from the steps of Hart House. In May 1962, Prince Philip laid the cornerstone of Massey College, an independent graduate college affiliated with the university.

“It was a visible statement that Toronto took graduate studies seriously,” wrote historian Martin Friedland of the event.

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