Following the sad news of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Cricket Writers' Club recalls the occasion in 1948, when His Royal Highness was special guest at a CWC Dinner with the touring Australian team. According to a history of the CWC written by Alex Bannister (Chair 1960), "the first speeches given by Lord Birkett, the eminent advocate and Don Bradman were broadcast by the BBC and were so captivating that the 9 O'Clock News was delayed."
Enjoy this footage from the dinner, via British Pathe, below
The Duke served two terms as MCC President from 1949-50 and 1974-75. He became Patron of the Lord's Taverners in 1950 and was their President for 2 years 1960-61. He was Patron of Middlesex CCC up until his death. He commissioned the County Championship Trophy in 1971 and presented it in person for the next 43 years, along with medals to both men's and women's county champions, until his retirement from royal duties in 2017. April 9, 2021