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Prince Philip was a “grandfather to the nation” says Robert Halfon MP in heartfelt Commons tribute

General / Tue 13th Apr 2021 at 06:51am

Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, has paid a special and personal tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, in a ‘Humble Address to be presented to Her Majesty the Queen’ in the House of Commons.

Mr Halfon said he “felt real sadness at the passing of Prince Philip” and on behalf of his Harlow and village  constituents, he gave “heartfelt wishes to Her Majesty”, describing the Duke of Edinburgh as “as a grandfather of the nation”.

One of the “most remarkable things Prince Philip did was to establish the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme” said Mr Halfon, who explained that the charity had “transformed the lives of millions and millions of individuals” as he made clear that the “best memorial that we can give to Prince Philip is to rocket boost support for the Duke of Edinburgh charity”.

Mr Halfon also set out how “both early on in his time as Duke of Edinburgh and at now at the end of his life, he has maintained a proud link to our town of Harlow” and added that “his early modernising spirit symbolised the modernising spirit of Harlow New Town”.

His Royal Highness visited Harlow both in 1952 and 1957 and following the earlier visit, a road that runs from Harlow Mill to Harlow Town railway station was named Edinburgh Way in his honour.   

The Harlow MP concluded by explaining that “the specially adapted Land Rover that” Prince Philip’s “coffin will be travelling in was bought from Foley’s company in Roydon” in his constituency.

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