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Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Prince Phillip.

A statement released by the Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Local tributes are led by Keighley and Ilkley MP Robbie Moore who said: "“My sincere and deepest condolences go to HM The Queen & the whole Royal Family. Prince Philip served our country with extraordinary commitment, immense dedication and was totally devoted to public service.”

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee, said: “I am writing to Her Majesty The Queen to express condolences on behalf of the people of the Bradford district.”

The Chief Executive of Bradford Council, Kersten England, said: “I am saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness provided unwavering support to Her Majesty The Queen throughout their life together and he served the country and Commonwealth with great distinction and vigour."

The Leader of Bradford Council, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, said: “On behalf of Bradford Council and the residents of our district, I wish to express our sorrow on hearing the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. My condolences to Her Majesty The Queen."

The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire said: "It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh today, Friday, 9 April, 2021.

“His Royal Highness was a hugely charismatic man, who was much loved and respected by so many.

“Prince Philip carried out over 22,000 solo engagements since 1952, including many in North Yorkshire, as well as accompanying Her Majesty The Queen at many other events. They were both at the 150th birthday celebrations of The Great Yorkshire Show in 2008 and in May 2010, they formally re-opened the Scarborough Open Air Theatre to rapturous applause; apparently the volume of noise from 6500 people was quite deafening. The Duke was also a great supporter of military events across our region.

“Prince Philip, who has been by The Queen's side for more than 70 years, making him the longest serving Consort, dedicated his life to supporting Her Majesty. He has combined loyalty and duty without diminishing his own individual personality. They have had an extraordinary partnership which has lasted over 74 years.

“He will be fondly remembered by so many, both here and across the Commonwealth. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme will be his legacy, touching over 6 million young adults and continuing under the auspices of HRH The Earl of Wessex."

A book of condolence has been opened on Bradford Council’s website www.bradford.gov.uk, Craven District Council also plans to open a book online.


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