Prince Philip’s Visit to BHS

Monday, 12 September 2022

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Old Scholar Mohamad El Chamaa (Class of 2014) just wrote an article published in L’Orient Today that recounts the late Prince Philip’s visit to Lebanon and BHS:

“BEIRUT — Lebanese officials declared a national period of mourning Friday for the death of the late British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday evening, though the queen never visited Lebanon despite having traveled to 117 countries on official state visits.

However, her late husband, Prince Philip, made a now largely forgotten trip on her behalf.

On March 20, 1967, the prince, then on the last leg of a two-month Asian and Australian tour, piloted an Andover aircraft into the Beirut airport from the Qatari capital of Doha and embarked on a four-day tour of Lebanon.

The purpose of his visit was to inaugurate a state-of-the-art dormitory building at Brummana High School in the Metn region. The building had been designed by modernist architect Assem Salam, who was behind other iconic buildings such as the Tourism Ministry headquarters in Hamra and the Khashoggi Mosque near Horsh Beirut.”

To read the full article visit L’Orient Today

Prince Philip at the inauguration of Edinburgh House at Brummana High School in 1967. (L’Orient-Le Jour archive photo)