Chair of Harlow Council writes to Buckingham Palace offering her condolences

History / Thu 15th Apr 2021 at 01:03pm

THE Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Maggie Hulcoop, has written to Buckingham Palace expressing Harlow’s condolences and sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family following the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The letter, which has been sent to the private secretary for the his late Royal Highness, writes:

Dear Sir,

On behalf of the councillors and officers of Harlow Council, and the people of Harlow, I write to pass on our sincere condolences and offer our most heartfelt sympathies to Her Majesty on the passing of her husband, His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the Royal Family during this difficult time. We share the sentiments of loss and sorrow felt all over the world at the passing of such a devoted public servant of Her Majesty and this great country.

We know that many of Harlow’s earliest residents have very fond memories of the visits to Harlow by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness during the early years of Harlow’s development as a new town. His Royal Highness made a solo visit in November 1952. His tour included visiting housing areas, an industrial estate and taking lunch at Moot House community centre. His Royal Highness was impressed by the local playgrounds, the use of green spaces in the town and the idea of tower blocks.

To mark His Royal Highness’ visit the road running parallel to the Templefields industrial estate he visited was named ‘Edinburgh Way’. Similarly, during Her Majesty’s and His Royal Highness’ visit to Harlow in October 1957 the road adjoining ‘Edinburgh Way’ was named ‘Elizabeth Way’ and officially opened. This second visit saw Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness touring a local school and the newly-built Harlow town centre.

His Royal Highness will always have a connection to Harlow. We will always remember his visits with great fondness, the interest he showed in Harlow and the friendliness and kindness he gave when meeting and talking to local people. His memory and legacy will live on for many years to come.

Yours faithfully,

Councillor Maggie Hulcoop
Chair of Harlow Council

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