Council pays respects to HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Monday, April 12, 2021

Following the formal announcement of the sad passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, 9 April the country is in a period of national mourning in the run up to the funeral on Saturday, 17 April at 3.00 pm. It is recommended that during this time Members and officers should dress appropriately in black, particularly when representing the Council at any external meetings or formal remote meetings that the public will view via livestream to the Council’s YouTube channel. Black arm bands and/or black ties, for example, can also be worn. Formal meetings will take place as scheduled this week, with appropriate respectful words preceding the business of the agenda.
The Council, in line with Government guidance, is flying its flag at half mast until the first working day after the funeral.
The Council, along with other Councils within the County, is signposting residents to the online Book of Condolence set up by the Royal Household, which can be found at: so that residents can leave their personal messages during this national time of mourning. Government has stipulated that no physical books of condolence be set up while the country is still following public health coronavirus advice.

We are also urging residents to follow the wishes of the Royal Family by not travelling to London or any of the Royal Residences and to refrain from leaving floral tributes within our District. Residents are being signposted to the website of the Royal Household which suggests that residents may wish to consider instead making a donation to a charity of their choice or to one of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages.

Rochford District Council will be holding two minutes silence in honour of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, 16 April at 9.30 am which can be viewed live on the Council’s YouTube Channel.