Statement upon the death of The Duke of Edinburgh

Statement upon the death of The Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that Loftus Town Council learns of the death of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.


The Mayor of Loftus, Cllr Michael Barnes  said: 


“Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has shown an impressive example of public service to Queen and Country for many years.


Continuing with official engagements until 2017, at the age of 96, he proved that a role in public life can carry on well beyond the usual “retirement age”, whilst his founding of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award encouraged young people to challenge themselves and become actively involved in their communities.


His support for the Queen throughout her long reign showed honour and fortitude, and he will no doubt be greatly missed by the people of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.  Our thoughts are with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family at this sad time.”


The Union flag will be lowered to half-mast at Loftus Town Hall until 0800 hrs on the morning following Prince Philip’s funeral.  


Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions we are unable to open a Books of Condolence in the Town Hall, but thanks to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council condolences can be sent on-line via email address: Condolences@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk


To prevent public gatherings, we would encourage you to donate to an appropriate charity, rather than lay flowers or other tributes in communal locations.


The Duke of Edinburgh's Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George's Chapel, Windsor. The service  will begin with a national minute's silence at 3 o'clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. This will be a ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral and the plans reflect appropriate Government advice.