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Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh - Condolences from Slapton Parish

9th May 2021

Buckingham Palace have today officially announced the peaceful passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, this morning at Windsor Castle at age 99.

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who has served his country with distinction. On behalf of the people of Slapton Parish, I wish to convey to HRH Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family, our deepest sympathy at this sad time.

A period of 8 days state mourning will take place from 9 April to 16th April 2021. The Ceremonial Royal Funeral will be held on Saturday 17th April 2021 at 3pm in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and televised throughout. There will be a National silence before the ceremony begins. Further details can be found on the Royal website. www.royal.uk

During this period, the following arrangements are in place within the Parish:

  • All parish celebration events will be cancelled and re-scheduled to a later date as a mark of respect.
  • The Captain of the Bell Tower will toll the Church bell before 6pm this evening to mark the passing of Prince Philip.
  • The Union Jack Flag will be flow at half-mast until the day after the funeral.
  • Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, A national online book of condolence is available to sign on the Palace website; https://www.royal.uk/ where residents can share their respects. However, if you do not have access to technology, or someone to help you complete the online condolence book, one of SHDC's officers will do this on your behalf. Please telephone 01803 861100 and leave your message on the answerphone.
  • Flowers have been laid at the war memorial in the churchyard by the Parish Council on behalf of the community. In order to comply with current COVID-19 restrictions in place, and to prevent the spread of infection, members of the public are asked not to lay flowers or other memorial items such as candles, messages and mementoes, at Royal Residences or other public spaces. 
  • On the morning after the state funeral, the PC flowers will be removed and composted down; The compost will be used to plant a commemorative tree. 
  • Condolence notices will be posted at the Village Shop and on the PC notice boards.
  • The church will announce details of any special services - please check the church notice boards at the gates.

If residents would like to show their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh, members of the public are encouraged to make donations to one of His Royal Highness' patronages instead of floral tributes. More information is on the The Royal Family website.

Julie Hinder,

Chair, Slapton Parish Council.

Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip
10th June 1921 to 9th May 2021

Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip 10th June 1921 to 9th April 2021

Official photo credited to PA (the Press Association)




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