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WPCA Saddened By The Passing Of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (R)
June 10, 1921 -  April 9, 2021
This photo, taken by Roger Pierce, and appeared in The Albertan on Friday July 6, 1973. the caption described it:
"WOWIE! LOOK AT THEM DRIVE! The photographer couldn't her what Prince Phillip was saying as chuckwagons roared down the stretch at Stampede Park Thursday night, but you can judge for yourself from his expression. And Queen Elizabeth was obviously just as interested, although perhaps a little more reserved, while Stampede president George Crawford explained some of the rules and techniques of wagon driving in Calgary's famous Rangeland Derby."

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday. April 9, 2021 from natural causes at the age of 99.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip was known for his “love of equestrian sports that are visually entertaining and develop teamwork,”1 and Chuckwagon Racing was among them. As former CBC broadcaster Tom Reynolds had described, “Prince Phillip seems to be very keen about this (the chuckwagon races), of course he was a very interested spectator at Calgary’s wagon race during his visit in 1951.”

Prince Phillip saw his first Chuckwagon Race on October 18, 1951, when the Calgary Stampede staged an authentic Stampede program for Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh who were touring Calgary.  The race featured Ronnie Glass, Hank Willard, Marvin Flett and Johnny Hamilton.

In 1959 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip returned to Calgary for a visit and made a point to watch an evening of chuckwagon racing at the Calgary Stampede. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited the Calgary Stampede for the third time in 1973.  Prince Phillip was an honoured guest as he accompanied his wife Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who officially opened the 1973 Calgary Stampede. Chuckwagon driver Kelly Sutherland, who was the top wagon on the night the royal couple watched the races in 1973, presented a photo (see above) of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and his Royal Highness, Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh watching the 1973 Rangeland Derby with great enthusiasm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Calgary in 2011.

On behalf of the WPCA, we express our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family.

Billy Melville


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