Prince Philip was made an Additional Member of The Order of New Zealand in the recent New Zealand Queen’s Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours list. The Order of New Zealand is New Zealand’s highest honour. It was instituted by Royal Warrant, dated 6 February 1987, “to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand”
The award of the Order of New Zealand recognises the lifetime of service he has provided to the Queen of New Zealand and to New Zealand in general. Prince Philip is the longest-serving consort in New Zealand’s history. He has worked to support Elizabeth in her role as Queen since she came to the throne of New Zealand 60 years ago. In that time, he has travelled throughout Aotearoa on many occasions visiting countless cities and towns.
Prince Philip has dedicated his whole life to charitable causes. He is patron or president of more than 800 charities. Among these, he is patron of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and is a life member of the Aviation Industry Association of New Zealand. He is an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Engineers, the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Veteran’s Association of New Zealand, and the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. He is also holds the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association’s highest honour, its Badge in Gold and Life Membership. Of the 75 prizes, cups, and medals associated with him, the most famous in New Zealand is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Awards.
He is the senior-most officer in all three branches of the Defence Force. He is Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army. He also serves as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Prince Philip was made an Extra Companion of the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) in 1981, and received the 1990 New Zealand Commemorative Medal.