Organisations from across the county have paid tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh who has died at the age of 99.
The tributes come following the announcement by Her Majesty The Queen that her husband passed away at Windsor Castle this morning, Friday 9th April 2021.
Suffolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable, Steve Jupp, said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His lifetime of public duty and steadfast dedication to Her Majesty and the entire country – from his career with the Royal Navy during and after World War Two, right up until his retirement in 2017 – is an example to all of us who work in public service.
“On behalf of Suffolk Constabulary, I would like to join with our policing colleagues across the United Kingdom by extending our sincere sympathy and condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the entire Royal Family.”
Councillor Jane Riley, Mayor of Ipswich Borough Council, added: “His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh served the United Kingdom for many decades, from his wartime service in the Royal Navy until recent years and did so around the world alongside Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“In Ipswich, we recall his visit along with the Monarch to the town in 2002 as part of the Tour to celebrate Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, as well as earlier visits.
“Ipswich Borough Council has lowered our flags to half-mast.”
The Chairman of East Suffolk Council, Cllr Keith Robinson, said: “On behalf of East Suffolk Council, our residents and communities, I would like to express our deep sadness following the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts at this sad time are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.
“We will of course ensure that the people of East Suffolk are provided with the information they need to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh and his life of service to the country and to the world.”
Councillor Brian Harvey, Chair of West Suffolk Council, said: “It was with deep sorrow and regret that we heard the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. On behalf of councillors serving West Suffolk Council, as well as residents throughout our area, we send our sincere condolences.
“Throughout his time as the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch, His Royal Highness provided exemplary steadfast and loyal support to our Queen as she carried out her duties. However, he went far beyond simple support for royal duties and created a role for himself which brought him affection and admiration from all who met him, or who took part in activities which he sponsored. There are very many people throughout West Suffolk who have benefited greatly from taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, for example, and his involvement in hundreds of organisations and charities has brought his experience and compassion to many others. He is remembered with fond affection for his visits to West Suffolk, especially his good humour and patience, both as he played his part in various Royal visits and when he visited in his own right as patron or supporter.
“Prince Philip’s uncompromising devotion to duty and straightforwardness of speech will be missed and our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time. Their sadness at the loss of such a true and constant support for their family is shared by us all.”
Cllr Kathryn Grandon, Babergh District Council Chairman, said “We send our sincere condolences to The Queen and the entire Royal Family during this sad time with our deepest sympathies. The Duke of Edinburgh visits to the district have always been received warmly with great affection, there will be a real sense of loss. This is a time for the nation to come together.”
Cllr Barry Humphreys MBE, Mid Suffolk District Council Chairman, said: “I know the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip will be felt across Suffolk and the world. Their visits to the district have always been occasions that have brought great pride to our communities. I know the people of Suffolk will want to pay their own personal tributes at this time of national mourning.”