Earlier today Buckingham Palace announced the very sad news that HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died. The city council will now observe a period of mourning until the day of the funeral.
Online book of condolence
A book of condolence will be available to sign on the official website of the British Monarchy. This is available publicly and we would welcome you to leave your personal messages.
The Royal Family and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have the safety and wellbeing of the public in mind during these challenging times. In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current coronavirus guidelines, particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel, to keep themselves and others safe. Members of the public may wish to consider making a donation to a charity of their choice, or one of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages in memory of His Royal Highness, instead of leaving floral tributes.
Stoke-on-Trent Lord Mayor, Ross Irving said:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the announcement that HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.
“On behalf of the City of Stoke-on-Trent, our deepest condolences and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the members of the Royal Family at this sad time.
“HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was a remarkable gentleman. He was a patron, president, and member of over 780 organisations, and he served as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award which he founded in 1956.
”As an expression of our sadness, the city’s flags are flying at half-mast until the day after his funeral. Stoke-on-Trent residents can pay their respects and offer their condolences on the national e-condolence book.This will be available to sign on the official website of the British Monarchy. During the period of mourning, council meetings will include marks of respect, including the mace being draped in black and the chain of office will be worn with a black ribbon.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader, Abi Brown said:
“It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. My thoughts are very much with the Queen and Royal Family. He has been a huge support to Her Majesty The Queen and was a well-regarded and well-loved member of the Royal Family. We will mourn his passing and pay our thanks to his dedication to the nation.”
Mr Ian Dudson CBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire said:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and I send my heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and all The Royal Family.
"We will remember with gratitude both the wonderful support that His Royal Highness has provided to Her Majesty as well as the important role he has personally undertaken with many organisations, notably The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme for the development of successive generations of young people.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen at this difficult time.”
Guidance on a national silence in memory of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will be given in due course.