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Duke of Edinburgh sculpture unveiled in Antrim Castle Gardens

Sculpture of The Late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh which was unveiled last week in Antrim Castle Gardens.

A captivating life-sized bronze sculpture of the late Prince Philip has been unveiled at the majestic Antrim Castle Gardens by Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell KStJ and Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM.


The sculpture which was commissioned by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and designed by talented sculptor, Anto Brennan, was revealed just a day before what would have been the late Duke of Edinburgh’s 102nd birthday.Born on 10 June 1921, Prince Philip served his country with honour and distinction.



As a young lieutenant in the Royal Navy he saw active service during the Second World War. In 1947, the nation was in awe witnessing the marriage of Prince Philip to Princess Elizabeth.


Sculpture of The Late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh which was unveiled last week in Antrim Castle Gardens.

Following Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in 1953 the Prince embraced his role as consort and was frequently described by Her Majesty as ‘a constant strength and guide’.


Aside from his royal duties, Prince Philip was well known for his charitable works. A vocal advocate for industry and sport, he founded The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956, which has since become the world’s leading youth achievement award.



Following the passing of Prince Philip in 2021, the Council launched the Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme in 2022. This Scheme, now beginning its second year, provides 20 young people (aged 11-25) the opportunity to develop their skills through a 10-week programme.


Sculpture of The Late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh which was unveiled last week in Antrim Castle Gardens.

They each take part in taster sessions to develop personal skills including sports, IT, photography and animal welfare and learn valuable life lessons on social issues, good relations, leadership and volunteering. Upon completion, successful applicants receive a £1000 bursary which can be used to purchase equipment and fund further training.


Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell KStJ commented:


“It is marvellous to be here to today for the unveiling of this sculpture. It is so lifelike of the late Duke of Edinburgh.”



Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM commented:


“I am proud to unveil this sculpture of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Like his son, King Charles, the Prince was a passionate advocate of conservation and the environment. It therefore seems fitting to be unveiling this bronze sculpture here in the beautiful setting of Antrim Castle Gardens.


“Both the sculpture and the Duke of Edinburgh Legacy Bursary Scheme originated with a Council motion in April 2021 to honour the memory of The Late Prince, clearly demonstrating the high regard in which he was held by our Elected Members.”


Sculpture of The Late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh which was unveiled last week in Antrim Castle Gardens.


Anto Brennan, the Artist and Sculptor who created the monument specialises in the design and manufacture of figurative bronze sculptures for public and private clients. He spent a period of 14 weeks intricately modelling and sculpting the base material required for bronze sculptor prior to its casting in a foundry.


The Sculpture will be on display at the Parterre Garden within Antrim Castle Gardens for the public to enjoy. In time it will also be joined by a bronze sculpture of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.


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