His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT

With great sadness we learned that His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, passed away on Friday, 9 April 2021.

Prince Philip served as the Patron of our Society from 1973-1981.

During his tenure with us the Society was known as the BKSTS (British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society), supporting the film and television industry with many of the best British talent in its membership.

As Patron he was very committed to the Society, he attended our bi-annual shows, talked with delegates, fully understood the evolving technology, and gave many keynote speeches which graced the pages of our journal.

Probably the most visible and durable effect was his push for us to become an international body. Today we have members around the world, which is why we are now called IMIS (The International Moving Image Society).

In a piece he wrote in our Journal in 1973 called “The BKSTS has a valuable task to perform”, he really prophesied the future, “I have become Patron of the Society because I believe the members have an immensely valuable task to perform both in this country and in conjunction with their fellows overseas. Only when all people start to realise that they belong to the same small world can we hope that understanding and co-operation will begin to flourish. The first essential for this is good communications.

Thank you for all that you have done for us and the industry. Our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and family.