Death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
As the news travels of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Allerdale pays tribute to a Prince whose influence on our national life cannot be underestimated.
Flags at Allerdale Borough Council’s offices in Workington are flying at half-mast as a mark of respect for the Duke.
Hearing of the announcement, Cllr Hilary Harrington, Mayor of Allerdale Borough Council, said: “This is a day of national mourning for the death of Prince Philip and on behalf of the people of Allerdale I send my thoughts and prayers to the Duke’s family and especially HM Queen Elizabeth II, who he has been such a supportive companion and loyal husband to. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Prince Philip around 60 years ago when he visited my place of work, and he was a truly charming gentleman. The Duke served our nation, and the Commonwealth with pride, but he was also a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and I’m sure the Duke will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know him.”
Cllr Mike Johnson, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, added: “This is a sad day for the nation. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was very supportive of Cumbria. He was a regular visitor, and I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Lowther Show almost 20 years ago now. A highly respected gentleman, Prince Philip, showed unswerving service and commitment to our country, especially in his support for the scheme, which bears his name, that has enriched the lives of millions of young people around the world. My thoughts and prayers are with HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke’s family at this sad time.”
Where can I find out more information?
You can find more information on how Cumbria is marking this sad event on the Cumbria County Council website .
Sending a message of condolence
The Royal Household have respectfully asked that wherever possible people use the official online condolence book that has been made available on Royal.uk.
Unfortunately, in order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions in place, and to reduce the risk of transmission, The Royal Family have respectfully asked that no books of condolence are to be made available in public buildings for people to sign in person. To respect their wishes, councils will not be opening condolence books across Cumbria.
We do however appreciate that not everyone has internet access. If you know someone in your community who does not have access to the internet and who feels strongly about leaving their condolence, please make them aware that they can write their message of condolence and send it in an envelope addressed to FREEPOST CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL. All condolence messages received will be archived in Cumbria.
We thank you for your assistance and understanding on this.
During the current public health situation, the Royal Household is asking the public not to lay floral tributes and as such we are asking you to respect this ask and to not lay floral tributes around the county.
We appreciate that members of the public would like to pay their respects but we want to respect the wishes of the Royal Household. We must also continue to follow the current Government coronavirus guidelines, particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel. So to keep everyone safe it is not appropriate to lay flowers.
Instead the Royal Household is asking the public to make a donation to one of HRH charities, or a charity of your choice. The Duke of Edinburgh supported many amazing charities and some of these have strong connections to our county for example
One of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages is the Outward Bound Trust which has its HQ in Cumbria.