Statement and letter from the Chair of Uttlesford District Council

Letter to the Palace and statement from the Chair of Uttlesford District Council on the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.

 

Statement from the Chair of Uttlesford District Council

Cllr Martin Foley, Chair of Uttlesford District Council has issued a statement on the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.
 

The Chair's statement

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. On behalf of the council, I would like to express our sincere condolences to The Queen and the  Royal Family at this time.  Prince Philip demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to public duty and as a devoted consort to Her Majesty The Queen, our longest ruling monarch, for almost 70 years.

Our sorrow is shared by residents of the district and by people across the world, as we remember with affection and gratitude a lifetime of service by His Royal Highness.

A letter of condolence will be sent to the Queen's personal secretary, expressing the council's sympathies.  The Union flag has been lowered to half-mast at the council offices as a mark of respect.

Residents are encouraged to safely pay their respects through the virtual book of condolence which will be available on the official website of the Royal Family from Saturday 10 April.

The laying of flowers is not recommended at this time and we would ask people to remember the current government guidelines in place to keep us all safe."

Further information can be found on our website.
 

Letter to the Palace

Cllr Martin Foley has also written on behalf of the Uttlesford district to the Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh to express condolences to Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family.
 

The Chair's letter

"As Chair of Uttlesford District Council, I write to convey heartfelt condolences on behalf of the councillors and residents of the District to Her Majesty The Queen on the loss of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

This must be a moment of great personal sadness to Her Majesty and deeply felt throughout the Royal Family.

The loss of The Duke has also echoed further afield, by people across the world, as we remember with affection and gratitude a lifetime of service by His Royal Highness.  He demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to public duty and as a devoted consort to Her Majesty The Queen.

Her Majesty can be assured of the continuing affection and high esteem in which she and her family are held at this most difficult time.

Cllr Martin Foley

Chair of Uttlesford District Council."