Communities across the nation have been paying tribute to HRH Prince Philip who passed away last week. The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday, April 9 at the age of 99.
Communities across the nation have been paying tribute to HRH Prince Philip who passed away last week.
The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday, April 9 at the age of 99.
In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace on Friday, a Royal spokesman said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Many community leaders across the nation have been sending out words of tribute to Prince Philip.
In Cheadle, the town council lowered their Union Jack Flag, which is positioned just outside their office in Tean Road Recreational Grounds, to half mast in tribute to Prince Philip.
The Mayor of Cheadle, councillor Ian Plant, said: “It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and I would like to offer my sincere condolences on behalf of Cheadle Town Council and its residents to the Queen and the Royal Family.
“The flag in the town will be flown at half mast until after the funeral.”
Cllr Plant added: “I shall be sending a letter of condolence on behalf of the town to Buckingham Palace to convey our sentiments to them.”
Over at St Giles Parish Church in Cheadle, their Union Jack flag has also been lowered to half mast in honour of Prince Philip
Tower Captain, who kindly sent in the pictures of the St Giles Flag, said: “Cheadle remembers Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh along with the rest of the nation.
“The Tenor Bell was tolled 99 times and prayers said at midday on Saturday (April 10).”
In Forsbrook, the Union Jack flag in the village was lowered to half mast to honour Prince Philip.
Forsbrook Parish Council chairman Peter Jones said: “Like many people I was very saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip.
“During my time in the forces, the same regiment of The Household Cavalry, in which Prince William and The Duke of Sussex served, I was very privileged to meet numerous members of the Royal Family and I will always remember how Prince Phillip had the same humorous out look as his Uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten who loved his military background.
“To all those who met Prince Phillip or took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, he was an iconic figure who will be sorely missed. RIP.”
In Fulford, flower tributes have been laid at the bottom of a village sign, in honour of Prince Philip.
Fulford Parish Council issued this statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family at this time of sadness.”
They added: “Any meetings held by the parish council until after the funeral of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will include a minutes silence.
“Anyone in attendance at those meetings, both councillors and members of the public will be politely asked to honour the silence.
“The parish council like all public bodies have been asked not to open a physical book of condolence due to the Covid-19 restrictions still in place.
“Instead an online book of condolence has been set up by The Royal Family which you can find at https://www.royal.uk.
“Adhering to government restrictions relating to Covid-19, The Royal Family have requested that floral arrangements are not laid by members of the public and instead they consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.
“His Royal Highness was Patron of many worthwhile charities and as a parish council we invite you to consider one of those first should you wish to make a donation.
“You can find a list of patronage that His Royal Highness was involved with here: https://tinyurl.com/HRHDukeofEdinburghpatronages.”
Churches in the area are set to host commemorative services in Prince Philip’s honour.
Reverend Marion Reynolds said: “A commemoration service for HRH Prince Philip will be held at 6pm on Thursday (April 15) at St Nicholas in Fulford and Friday, April 16 at Christ Church in Hilderstone. Both services will be held under Covid-19 regulations.”
To read more local tributes to Prince Philip from the local area, see pages 16 and 17 of this week’s paper.
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