Eden District Council Statement – the Death of The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 -2021At the sad announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Eden pays tribute to a Prince who was an integral part of the Royal Family and had a substantial impact on our national life.

The flag at the Town Hall in Penrith will be flown at half-mast until after the funeral, to mark the period of national mourning and sadness.

Chairman of Eden District Council, Councillor Andrew Connell, said, “On behalf of the people of Eden I respectfully pay tribute to Prince Philip’s long life of service to the United Kingdom. He carried out his duties with exemplary diligence and a characteristic sense of humour. Our thoughts are with his family in their sad loss.”

Leader of Eden District Council, Councillor Virginia Taylor, said, "I wish to express my gratitude, and that of Eden District Council, to the Duke of Edinburgh for his tireless public service in its extraordinary length.

"A veteran of World War 2, he dedicated himself as a young man to accompany Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in her life of service to us all. He conducted himself with dignity, selflessness and distinction. Many of us around Eden will remember his carriage driving too; I am pleased we could offer him some recreation here and have that connection to remember.

"The condolences of all officers and members go to Her Majesty and the Royal Family, in their sad loss.”

Members of the public are encouraged to leave their condolences online on the Buckingham Palace e-Book of Condolence. You can leave your expressions of sympathy at www.royal.uk.

For more local information visit www.cumbria.gov.uk.

The Duke was patron of up to 700 organisations, including the Outward Bound Trust, which has a one of its six sites near Ullswater in Eden. The Duke’s more recent visits to Eden included one to the Outward Bound Centre in August 2014.

The Duke will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with The Queen and the whole Royal Family at this sad time.

Floral tributes

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 an to not lay floral tributes around the district.

We appreciate that members of the public would like to pay their respect but we want to respects 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. Read more at: https://www.outwardbound.org.uk/donation/online-donation.

Send a message of condolence

Members of the public wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to send a message to the Royal Family direct using the online Book of Condolence, which can be found at https://www.royal.uk/condolence.

Funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.

It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral - something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.