Local tributes paid to Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen’s royal representative in Edinburgh, the Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross, has led tributes to the city’s Duke.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 11:37 am
Stock photo by Lisa Ferguson.

Buckingham Palace announced last Friday that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99.

Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross,said: “Throughout Prince Philip’s extraordinary lifetime, he showed great appreciation for this city and its people.

“During his countless visits to the capital as Duke of Edinburgh, he regularly reached out to fellow veterans and serving personnel and thousands of our children and students, both through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and his longstanding links with our Universities.

“As Patron of so many Edinburgh-based charities, he won a special place in the hearts of Scottish people. It’s with great sadness that I share on behalf of the city our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all the members of the royal family at this very sad time.

“Just like his consort to the monarch, his legacy will be longstanding.”

Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in Corfu on 10 June 1921, married Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. On the morning of their wedding, he was created the Duke of Edinburgh and was formally made a British Prince in 1957.

Prince Philip retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, aged 96, having completed more than 22,200 solo engagements since 1952.

Falkirk Provost William Buchanan said: “It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

“I along with councillors and officers at Falkirk Council, would like to express our deepest condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this time.”

Prince Philip was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest ever male member of the British royal family.

West Lothian Provost Tom Kerr said: "On behalf of the citizens of West Lothian, we send a message of sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen following the passing of her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Phillip.

"Our thoughts and prayers go to The Royal Family at this poignant time. He had a long and remarkable life and as a mark of our respect we have flown our flags at half-mast."

West Lothian's Lord Lieutenant, Moira Niven, added: "Prince Phillip led an extraordinary life and I'd like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the entire Royal Family at this sad time."