LivePrince Philip dies aged 99: Updates as council leaders and other figures across Derbyshire pay tribute
Council leaders and other notable figures in Derbyshire and across the world have paid tribute to Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, following his death aged 99.
In a statement released on Friday, Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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.
"Further announcements will made in due course.
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
The Royal Family’s official website has also switched to a holding page in memory of the Duke.
Follow our live blog for more updates on his passing.
Prince Philip has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has announced
Last updated: Friday, 09 April, 2021, 17:54
- Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, passed away at Windsor Castle on Friday
- The Union Jack flag on Buckingham Palace is flying at half mast following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death this morning
- Tributes have poured in from around the globe for the longest-serving consort in British history
- Westminster Abbey will tolls its bell 99 times from 6pm tonight
- Government will enter a period of mourning with no press conferences or interviews with ministers
Chesterfield Town Hall flag at half-mast
Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s website is transformed in tribute to Prince Philip
Derbyshire County Council sends its condolences to the Royal Family
Coun Judith Twigg, Civic Chairman of DCC; Coun Barry Lewis, Leader of DCC; Emma Alexander, Managing Executive Director DCC; Coun Paul Smith, Leader of the Labour Group and Counc Beth Atkins, Spokesperson of the Liberal Democrat Group have issued a joint statement following the passing.
They said: “On behalf of the council, our fellow councillors, our employees and residents we are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, which was announced this morning.
“As the longest consort in history, Prince Philip has been a source of great support to the Queen and we join the whole country in mourning his death.
“The Union Flag is now flying at half-mast at our Matlock headquarters, and we will be sending out further announcements about how local people can sign books of condolence early next week.
“We would like to send our condolences to the whole Royal Family at this very sad and difficult time.”
Carol Vorderman remarks on the Duke and his marriage with the Queen
Government will enter period of mourning
A period of mourning following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh will see planned government announcements and ministerial appearances cancelled.
Only public health announcements will be made.
Boris Johnson has also cancelled his plans to have a pint to celebrate the easing of England’s lockdown on April 12.
Chesterfield Town Hall flag is flying at half-mast as mayor recalls when Prince Philip visited the town
Chesterfield Borough Council said it was with ‘great sadness’ that it learned of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Union Flag is flying at half-mast on Chesterfield Town Hall to mark the period of national mourning.
Councillor Glenys Falconer, Chesterfield’s Mayor, said: “I was saddened to hear of the death of Prince Philip.
“We warmly remember his visits to Chesterfield with the Queen, including in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee, in 1985 to open Chesterfield Royal Hospital and in 2003 when they visited Chesterfield Market.
“Many young people from Chesterfield will have received medals from Prince Philip for completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and all will have fond memories of those occasions.”
Councillor Tricia Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader, said: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip has been a great source of strength and support to the Queen and has also carried out a large number of public duties in his own right, particularly through the Playing Fields Association and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
“Our thoughts are with the Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time.”
Huw Bowen, Chesterfield Borough Council’s chief executive, expressed his condolences, adding: “As the oldest and longest serving royal consort, he has played a unique role in public life and it is fitting that we should remember him for his selfless devotion and strength of character.
“The flag at the Town Hall is flying at half-mast in tribute. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, we are currently awaiting further guidance ahead of issuing advice on how the people of Chesterfield can safely pay their respects to his Royal Highness.”
The council is also currently reviewing upcoming civic events and will announce any alterations or cancellations as soon as possible.
Further updates will be posted at www.chesterfield.gov.uk
Country and Land Association say Prince Philip was a ‘passionate’ supporter of rural Britain
Paying tribute, CLA President Mark Bridgeman said: “Prince Philip was a passionate supporter of rural Britain.
“Through his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme many thousands of young people from all walks of life were taught to respect and enjoy the countryside.
“We express our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family, and will remember with gratitude the Duke’s outstanding commitment to farming communities everywhere.”
Lord lieutenant describes Prince Philip as ‘truly remarkable’
The Lord-Lieutenant, Elizabeth Fothergill CBE, said: “A day of great sorrow as we learn of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
“A truly remarkable man, a life of great service and a wonderful legacy enhancing endless lives. With great sympathy to HM the Queen and the wider Royal Family.”
Flag flys at half-mast at Chesterfield’s Technique Stadium
Queen Elizabeth II announces the Duke’s passing with ‘deep sorrow'
Brexit party leader Jerry Gorman describes the passing as a sad loss to the UK
Prime Minister Boris Johnson pays tribute to Duke of Edinburgh
Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh in Downing Street and said “he helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”
Speaking from a podium, Mr Johnson said: “He (Philip) was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.
“With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.
“We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.
“Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her ‘strength and stay’, of more than 70 years.
“And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today.
“Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.”
East Midlands chief executive said Prince Philip will be remembered for his ‘great commitment and devotion’ to our country
East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) chief executive Scott Knowles said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing this morning.
“Prince Philip was a fantastic public servant and will be remembered fondly for his great commitment and devotion to our country, while the business community will recognise him as a strong advocate for UK enterprise.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Familyat this time.”