Her Majesty the Queen has announced the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning (Friday 9 April) at Windsor Castle.
The Royal Family join with people around the world, and those here in Leicestershire, in mourning his loss.
Following the sad death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Michael Kapur OBE, said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of The Duke, who dedicated his life to the service of our country and to providing unwavering support to The Queen.”
“I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to The Queen and all members of the Royal family at this very sad time.
The Chairman of the County Council, Pam Posnett MBE, said: “We are all deeply moved to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. I speak on behalf of the elected members and those working for the County Council in expressing our collective sadness.”
“As a mark of respect, the Union and County Flags have been half-masted at County Hall.”
She added: “I am profoundly saddened by the news of The Duke’s passing, and I wish to extend my sympathies to The Queen, who has lost her life-long loyal supporter and loving husband.”
- It is a difficult time but our priority is the safety of residents and staff from the risk of COVID transmission. In line with advice from the Government and Royal Family, we are encouraging residents to minimise travel, not meet in large gatherings and avoid floral tributes in public areas which can attract crowds.
- The Royal Family have asked people not to gather at Royal residences and to consider a donation to charity rather than floral tributes - more information
- The Royal Family have published details of the funeral arrangements – read more
Further announcements will made by the Royal Family in due course via https://www.royal.uk/.