Tributes paid to Duke of Edinburgh after his death at 99

The county has been paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh after the news of his death aged 99 earlier today.

Brentwood’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Olivia Sanders, expressed her deep sadness and that of the residents of Brentwood.

Flags at Brentwood Town Hall have been lowered to half-mast for the official period of mourning. A two minute silence will be held on the day of the funeral.

Floral tributes may be laid at the Town Hall on the green by the lowered flag.

Cllr Sanders said: “On behalf of the people of Brentwood, I would like to express my deepest sorrow at the passing of HRH, Duke of Edinburgh and to convey our profoundest sympathy and condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this difficult time.

“His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, has been a loyal and dedicated servant to our Queen and this country and has touched the hearts of millions of people, not just in the United Kingdom but throughout the commonwealth and across the globe.”

Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council, issued a statement which said: “On behalf of the residents and businesses of the London borough of Havering, I would like to express our deep sense of loss at the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Through initiatives like the Duke of Edinburgh awards which have benefited so many young people, and through his visits to our borough, he has left an indelible mark on Havering.

“As a mark of respect Havering Council has joined other local authorities across the country in lowering the flags at the Town Hall, Romford to half-mast.

“We give thanks for His Royal Highness’s tireless service to his country and the commonwealth in war and in peace and of course we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Royal Family and in particular Her Majesty the Queen, in whose grief we share.”

The Mayor of Basildon, Cllr David Burton-Sampson, said: “We join the nation in expressing our great sadness on the announcement today of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

“We remember with fondness and thanks the many years of dedicated service His Royal Highness gave to our country.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult time.

“We have very fond memories of His Royal Highness visiting Basildon in 1999 when Her Majesty The Queen officially opened the Glass Bell Tower of St Martin’s Church in Basildon town centre. It really was a very special day.”

As a mark of respect, flags at the council’s town centre offices in the Basildon Centre will be flown at half-mast until further notice.

While asking people to remember the current government guidelines in place, Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington led tributes on behalf of Essex Police, he said: “Our deepest condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this very difficult time.

“His Royal Highness served our Queen and country loyally and faithfully for many years and today we will lower our flags to both honour and remember him.”

The Royal Family’s eBook of Condolence will be available online through which residents across the borough can leave their respects and messages of sympathy.

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