Statement regarding the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh
It is with much sadness and sorrow that North East Lincolnshire joins the country in mourning following the announcement from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.
The Deputy Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor David Hasthorpe, said: “I am very sad to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and on behalf of North East Lincolnshire, I will be writing to Her Majesty the Queen to offer our thoughts and condolences.
“During his long career, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was involved with hundreds of charities and organisations across the UK. Among other things, The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is something known to many young people in our Borough, and is a fitting reminder to many of his life’s work.
“Our thoughts are with the whole of the Royal Family at this sad time.”
Leader of the Council, Councillor Philip Jackson, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the announcement from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has died.
“I’m sure the people of North East Lincolnshire will join me at this time in paying their respects and remembering him and the work he has been involved in for his country over many decades.”
The public are being asked not to visit Royal Residences or gather in public at this time, and to continue to follow all COVID-19 regulations in the place they reside.
Funeral: Ceremonial Arrangements
Buckingham Palace has confirmed the details of the funeral of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, details of these announcements are available on the Royal Website.
His Royal Highness will lie-at-rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral service, but this will not be open to the public.
The Royal Ceremonial Funeral of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will be held on 17 April at 3pm in St. George’s Chapel. Further details can be found at the Royal Website.
A national one-minute silence will take place at 3pm on the day of the funeral.
Union flags flying from Royal Residences and Government Buildings were half-masted on 9 April and will remain half-masted until 8am on 18 April, the day after the funeral. Union flags are flying at half-mast at Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham Town Halls.
In order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions in place, and to prevent the spread of infection, members of the public have been respectfully asked not to lay flowers or other memorial items such as candles, messages and mementoes, at Royal Residences or other public spaces.
If people would like to express their grief on the death of His Royal Highness the Palace has suggested a donation to one of His Royal Highness’ many patronages is a fitting way of paying tribute to his remarkable legacy. A list of His Royal Highness’ patronages, and how to donate can be found on the Royal Website.
Book of Condolence
A Book of Condolence is available online at the Royal Website. Unfortunately, in order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions in place, to reduce the risk of transmission and in line with national guidance, Books of Condolence will not be available in public buildings in North East Lincolnshire for people to sign in person.
Businesses may wish to make arrangements for observing the national one minute silence at 3pm on the day of the funeral. There is no expectation for businesses to close during the mourning period unless they wish to. This is a decision for individual organisations.
All public services and any services involved in the Government response to COVID-19 will continue as usual throughout the mourning period. Members of the public will be able to access information and services online as necessary.