At Hopton and
Coton Parish Council we offer our sincerest condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen and all The
Royal Family following the sad news of the passing of his Royal Highness, The
dignitaries issue statements following the news of the passing of His Royal
Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, 9th April
Mr Ian Dudson,
Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Staffordshire, CBE KStJ said in a statement:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal
Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and I send my heartfelt condolences to Her
Majesty The Queen and all The Royal Family.
“We will remember with gratitude both the
wonderful support that His Royal Highness has provided to Her Majesty as well
as the important role he has personally undertaken with many organisations,
notably The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme for the development of successive
generations of young people.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty,
The Queen at this difficult time.”
Hopton and Coton Parish Council’s Parish Clerk, Sylvia
Gibson, wrote “On behalf of Hopton and Coton Parish Council’s Councillors, Clerks
and employees I should like to take this opportunity to offer our sincerest
condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen and all The Royal Family following the
sad news of the passing of his Royal Highness, The Prince Philip.”
County Council Leader, Alan White, wrote “I
am deeply saddened to hear that His Royal
Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.
“Prince Philip has been a dedicated and loyal
servant to the Royal family and to the country since the Queen came to the
“The Prince visited Staffordshire on numerous
occasions, including to mark the official opening of the flagship i54 South
Staffordshire Business Park.
We will all remember him for his hard work and of
course his sense of humour, but first and foremost he was a husband, for more
than 70 years, a father, grandfather and great grandfather and our thoughts are
with the Queen and her family on this very sad day.”
Stafford Borough Council Leader, Patrick Farrington, said: “It is very sad news to hear that His Royal Highness,
The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away. All our thoughts are
with the Royal family at this time.
“Prince Philip dedicated his life to serving our country both
at home and across the globe and I hope we will all take the time to reflect on
his contribution to our nation.
It was wonderful to see the affection our community had for
him with the amazing crowds and warm welcome he received when they visited
Stafford to mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter.
“I will be writing to the Royal House to express our
condolences on behalf of Stafford Borough.”
Hopton and Coton Parish Council appreciates that many people
will wish to express their condolences following the death of His Royal Highness
and that this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many. However, we are
asking the public not to gather and continue to follow public health advice
particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel.
Hopton and Coton Parish Council, along with Staffordshire
County Council and Stafford Borough Council, is supporting the Royal Household
in asking that floral tributes should not be laid due to the restrictions at
this time. We will not, therefore, be making provision for floral tributes to
be laid at locations within the parish. Members of the public may wish to consider making a donation to a charity
of their choice, or one of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages, in memory of His
Royal Highness, instead of leaving floral tributes.
Hopton and Coton Parish Council supports Stafford Borough
Council and Staffordshire County Council in encouraging residents to pay their respects via the official online book
of condolence on the Monarchy’s website https://www.royal.uk/ and will not be opening a local book of condolences.
During the period of mourning, which runs until the day after
HRH The Prince Philip’s funeral, Union flags will be flown at half-mast.