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City Leaders and residents share their condolences

Mansion house flag at half mast for HRH Prince Philip

Published Friday, 9 April 2021

Following the confirmation from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, has sadly passed away today (9 April) leaders from York have shared their condolences.

Council messages of condolence

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council said:

"From serving in the Second World War and his many years of dedicated public service, to his work in supporting charities and organisations across the UK and the world, there has been a great deal to admire. Our thoughts and prayers are with The Queen and His Royal Highness' family at this sad time. To show our respect as a city the flag at the Mansion House will be flown at half-mast and there will be a digital book of condolence where people can share their comments."

Ian Floyd, Chief Operating Officer at City of York Council said:

"HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh dedicated his life to public service, conducting many thousands of public engagements, including many here in York. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time."

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Janet Looker said:

"In his 99 years, Prince Phillip had an incredible life serving our country with distinction at home and abroad. We all remember his visit here with Her Majesty the Queen in 2012 to mark the York 800 celebrations. This was just one of many memorable visits to the city in his life but one I remember. He leaves behind a host of memories and an incredible legacy, not least of which is the Duke of Edinburgh Awards which have given joy and support to so any young people."

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of City of York Council said:

"Following this sad news, I would like to express my condolences for Her Majesty The Queen and her family. In particular I would like to pay tribute to Prince Phillip for his contribution to the lives of millions of young people who have benefited over the years through participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.”

Public messages of condolence

Send a message of condolence via the national book of condolences at, or alternatively, using our local online book of condolences:

Online book of condolences

A selection of messages will be published here, and passed onto members of the Royal Family.

Rest in peace HRH Prince Philip you will be remembered as one of the hardest working members of the royal family, taking care of your queen and lovely wife with such care and always with a wicked sense of humour. Always in our hearts.
Margaret Ross

A life well spent. Condolences to his family at this sad time.
Clive Franks

Thank you for a life of unswerving service to Queen and Country. Your example is one for all of us in Public Service to follow. My thoughts and prayers are now with HM The Queen and the Royal Family. RIP Sir.
Councillor Martin Rowley BEM

We send our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and all of HRH Prince Philip's family at this sad time.
Tony and Chris Smith

A very sad loss of an extraordinary public servant; what an incredibly amazing person, a great life well-lived.

He was a steadfast stalwart and such an immeasurable support to HM The Queen, and The Royal Family. He had a great sense of duty and gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, and the Commonwealth.

He was an outstanding example of unstinting Christian service, selfless devotion and generosity of spirit. May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory. May God bless and support HM The Queen, and The Royal Family.

His legacy will live on, not only through The Royal Family, but in all his charitable endeavours. He will be greatly missed; we will always treasure his memory with great affection. Hopefully, we will take inspiration from his example.
Peter Garbutt

On behalf of the members of Copmanthorpe WI, York, I would like to pass on our warmest wishes to HM The Queen and to all the Duke's family at this very sad time.
Rachael Black, President Copmanthorpe WI