HER Majesty the Queen’s representative in Worcestershire has paid an emotional tribute to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh following the news of Prince Phillip’s death at the age of 99.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE CStJ spoke following the news announced from Buckingham Palace that HM the Queen’s devoted husband had passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle.
Lieutenant Holcroft offered HM the Queen and the Royal Family the condolences from the county at this time of ‘profound national grief’.
“We share a deep sense of loss with all in the United Kingdom and abroad as we remember with great pride and affection HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,” he said.
“The Duke had been Your Majesty’s steadfast consort and a dedicated public servant for more than 70 years. In war and in peace, he set an unparalleled example of service not self, making an extraordinary contribution to the nation and inspiring so many of us in so many different fields.
“We are all diminished by his loss and we shall not see his like again; but his remarkable legacy has imbued the national consciousness,” Lt Holcroft added.
Flags have been flown at half-mast at County Hall and across all public buildings in Worcestershire as a mark of respect
An online book of condolence for people to sign and show their respects will be opened in due course
Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Coun Bob Brookes said: “It is with great sadness I offer my condolences, on behalf of Worcestershire County Council, to the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family.”
The county’s emergency services have paid tribute to Prince Phillip with statements on social media.
“All officers, staff and volunteers at West Mercia Police join the nation in mourning the sad passing of HRH Duke of Edinburgh,” the force said.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the Royal Family at this very difficult time and pay tribute to the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Jon Pryce, chief fire officer of Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Brigade said: “Our thoughts are with the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family at this difficult time.
“As a mark of our respect, Union Flags at Headquarters and other Service locations, where they are available, will be lowered to half-mast until further notice.
West Midlands Ambulance Service trust chief executive Anthony Marsh said: “We are all extremely saddened to hear that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away.
“Prince Phillip has stood alongside Her Majesty The Queen as a figurehead of this country, representing the monarchy with great pride and honour. On behalf of everyone at West Midlands Ambulance Service our thoughts are with The Royal Family at this time.”