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Harlow civic leaders pay tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

General / Fri 9th Apr 2021 at 01:29pm

TRIBUTES have been paid after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away, aged 99.

Councillor Maggie Hulcoop, Chair of Harlow Council, said: “Today is a sad day for our country. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to Her Majesty and the Royal Family following the passing of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The flags outside the Civic Centre are flying at half-mast as a mark of respect. This is a time when the country will unite, to stand together to remember The Duke of Edinburgh and support Her Majesty and the Royal Family.”

A letter of condolence will be sent from the Chair of the Council to the Queen’s personal secretary, expressing sympathies from Harlow Council.

Harlow Council leader, cllr Mark Ingall said: “The flags at the Civic Centre are flying at half mast today as we mark the loss of Prince Philip, an extraordinary public servant and devoted husband to Her Majesty the Queen.

“My thoughts are with Prince Philip’s family, the Royal family, on this sad day.”

The leader of the Harlow Conservatives, cllr Andrew Johnson said: “Today is a sad day for the nation but I give thanks for the life and work of Prince Philip.

Her Majesty the Queen and all the royal family are in my prayers.”

Cllr John Jowers, Chairman of Essex County Council, said:

“On behalf of all Members of Essex County Council, we offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We join with people across Essex in mourning his loss.

“He made a enormous contribution, at the side of the Queen, to the Country, the Royal Family, and through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, to Essex.

“In the year to March 2020, through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, 40,391 hours of voluntary service to the local community were undertaken in Essex, with participants completing 37,999 hours of physical activity and 39,234 hours of work toward a skill.”

A letter of condolence will be sent from the Chairman of the Council to the Queen’s personal secretary, expressing sympathies from the County Council. Flags are being flown at half mast at County Hall.

Essex County Council has opened an electronic book of condolence, which is available here https://forms.office.com/r/W5yt8icXES and will be available shortly via the council’s website at www.essex.gov.uk

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