Song to honour Prince Philip's life released by Leicester artists

It's called 'Two Paces Back'.

A charity fundraising song and music video has been released in light of the recent death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.


A song and music video is out now celebrating the late Duke of Edinburgh’s life while raising money for The Silver Line, a free and confidential national helpline for older people, in light of the struggles faced in the pandemic.


Actor, writer, and performer Henry Dawe, of Uppingham, Rutland, who worked for the Royal Household between 2007 and 2012, has written the lyrics and sung the vocals to the piece, entitled ‘Two Paces Back’.


The title is intended as a reflection of the unwavering support which The Duke of Edinburgh gave to The Queen for so long, always two paces behind.


The national release has more local roots with instrumentalist Andy Robertson from Wigston performing on the track.


Henry had been working on the song for many months before the news of the late Prince Philip’s passing in April. It was originally written to celebrate his 100th birthday on June 10 but was later adapted.

Writer and singer of 'Two Paces Back' Henry Dawe

“I was extremely distressed at the news. It was a huge announcement and momentous loss. I’d also spent a lot of time and energy on the song, having footage licensed to me. I really thought it would all come to nothing and The Silver Line would never benefit from it. The work had to be salvaged.


“The composer, Chris Fish, and I felt the tune was upbeat but because of the nature of the man we’re talking about, we decided to keep it. I adapted the lyrics from a birthday song to one celebrating His Royal Highness’s life more broadly.


“We would be thrilled if the project could make a difference to The Silver Line and to the people whom it helps, while serving as a tribute to the longest-serving consort in the history of the British Monarchy.”


Listen and donate to The Silver Line at henrydawe.co.uk/two-paces-back.


To donate via cheque, please include a note that it is in response to the ‘Two Paces Back’ project, payable to The Silver Line, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA.