Tributes paid after death of the Duke of Edinburgh
The people of Birmingham are deeply saddened at the death of the Duke of Edinburgh this morning.
Prince Philip was born on 10 June 1921 and married Princess Elizabeth (latterly Queen Elizabeth II) in 1947.
In 2009 he became the longest serving British consort (companion to the Sovereign), a distinction previously held by Queen Charlotte, George III’s consort.
His Royal Highness had many interests including conservation, engineering, and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award which he founded in 1956. He was Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations.
Our thoughts are with The Queen and the Royal Family at this time. For further information please visit the Royal website at www.royal.uk
Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mohammed Azim, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s life was an extraordinary one that will never be forgotten. His service to The Queen and Country was unparalleled. I know the people of Birmingham will want to pay their respects but the pandemic means we will all have to do this in a way that is different to tradition.
“On behalf of the citizens of Birmingham, I have written a letter of condolence to The Queen, offering our deepest sympathies and to convey the sadness that is being felt.
“Our thoughts are with Her Majesty and the Royal family at this time.”
Following the announcement of the death, the flag above the Council House has been lowered to half-mast and will remain in that position until 8am on the day after His Royal Highness’ funeral. The funeral is due to take place on Saturday 17 April, so the flag will be lowered on Sunday 18 April.
Books of Condolence
The book of condolence that will be retained by the Royal household is being kept electronically, so anyone wanting to contribute to that should visit: https://www.royal.uk/condolence
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, local Books of Condolence managed by the council will not be available and people are being urged to pay their respects from the safety of their own household as to minimise travel and social interaction to prevent the transmission of the virus.
In line with Government guidance following the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, it is recognised there is a need to continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel.
As such, we are supporting the Royal Household in asking that floral tributes should not be laid in public places at this time and that, as mentioned above, people should pay their respects from the safety of their own homes.
An alternative for members of the public who wish to make a tribute to His Royal Highness has been suggested by the Royal Household - giving to a charity of their choosing or one of the charities or organisations which The Duke of Edinburgh supported in his public duties.
The Library of Birmingham is being lit purple on the evening of Friday 16 April, the same night as the above-mentioned Civic Service, and Saturday 17 April.