Councils pay respects following death of Prince Philip

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils were among the first authorities around the county to pay their respects following the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

They were quickly followed by West Suffolk Council along with the Steve Jupp, the chief constable of Suffolk.

Kathryn Grandon, Babergh District Council chairman, said: “We send our sincere condolences to the Queen and the entire Royal Family during this sad time with our deepest sympathies. The Duke of Edinburgh visits to the district have always been received warmly with great affection, there will be a real sense of loss. This is a time for the nation to come together. “

Barry Humphreys MBE, Mid Suffolk District Council Chairman, added: “I know the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip will be felt across Suffolk and the world. Their visits to the district have always been occasions that have brought great pride to our communities. I know the people of Suffolk will want to pay their own personal tributes at this time of national mourning.”

Due to Covid restrictions an online book of condolence will be opened for residents to pay their respects and show their love and support for the royal family www.suffolk.gov.uk/condolences

The messages of condolences will be gathered at the end of the period of mourning and developed into a printed version.

West Suffolk Council said that throughout Prince Philip’s time as the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch he had provided exemplary steadfast and loyal support to the Queen as she carried out her duties.

However, he went far beyond simple support for royal duties and created a role for himself which brought him affection and admiration from all who met him, or who took part in activities which he sponsored.

There are very many people throughout West Suffolk who have benefited greatly from taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, for example, and his involvement in hundreds of organisations and charities has brought his experience and compassion to many others.

He is remembered with fond affection for his visits to West Suffolk, especially his good humour and patience, both as he played his part in various Royal visits and when he visited in his own right as patron or supporter.

Prince Philip’s uncompromising devotion to duty and straightforwardness of speech will be missed and thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.

Their sadness at the loss of such a true and constant support for their family is shared by us all.

Brian Harvey, chair of West Suffolk Council, said: “As a mark of respect, the flags at West Suffolk Council offices will be flown at half-mast from today, 9 April. The chairman will be writing to Her Majesty The Queen to express condolences on behalf of West Suffolk.

People can leave messages of condolence in an online book www.suffolk.gov.uk/condolences

Meanwhile, Brian Harvey, Chair of West Suffolk Council, said that throughout his time as the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch, His Royal Highness provided exemplary steadfast and loyal support to our Queen as she carried out her duties. “However, he went far beyond simple support for royal duties and created a role for himself which brought him affection and admiration from all who met him, or who took part in activities which he sponsored.

“There are very many people throughout West Suffolk who have benefited greatly from taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, for example, and his involvement in hundreds of organisations and charities has brought his experience and compassion to many others.

“He is remembered with fond affection for his visits to West Suffolk, especially his good humour and patience, both as he played his part in various Royal visits and when he visited in his own right as patron or supporter.

“Prince Philip’s uncompromising devotion to duty and straightforwardness of speech will be missed and our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time. Their sadness at the loss of such a true and constant support for their family is shared by us all.”

As a mark of respect, the flags at West Suffolk Council offices will be flown at half-mast from today, April 9.

The chairman will be writing to Her Majesty The Queen to express condolences on behalf of West Suffolk.

People can leave messages of condolence in an online book www.suffolk.gov.uk/condolences

And Mr Jupp said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His lifetime of public duty and steadfast dedication to Her Majesty and the entire country – from his career with the Royal Navy during and after World War Two, right up until his retirement in 2017 – is an example to all of us who work in public service.

“On behalf of Suffolk Constabulary, I would like to join with our policing colleagues across the United Kingdom by extending our sincere sympathy and condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the entire Royal Family.”

 

 

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