A message of condolence from the Mayor of Buckingham on behalf of Buckingham

It is with great sadness that Buckingham Town Council learns of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

On behalf of the people of Buckingham, the Town Council would like to express their deep condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all the members of the Royal Family.

Prince Philip served our country throughout his life. During the Second World war he was a Royal Navy officer serving in the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. He was mentioned in dispatches for his bravery during the battle of Cape Matapan.

Many people do not realise that Prince Philip was a passionate environmentalist. In 1961 he became president of the British National Appeal, one of many national organisations that became the World Wildlife Fund, an organisation which appointed him President Emeritus.

A desire to support young people led to the formation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in the 1950s, a programme that thousands of young people still take part in every year, earning awards through volunteering and achieving personal challenges.

Some residents may remember that Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II visited Buckingham in 1966, travelling by train to Buckingham Station and meeting with the then Mayor of Buckingham, Alderman T. Lambourne. Images of the couple smiling in the train carriage were printed in the local paper and it is with these images in mind that we remember Prince Philip.

In order to mark the passing of Prince Philip, flags have been lowered to half-mast.

As we receive further information from Buckingham Palace regarding books of condolence and charitable donations we will pass this information on to residents.

HRH Prince Philip in uniform.

Buckingham remembers HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Buckingham marks the passing of HRH Prince Philip

It is with great sadness that Buckingham Town Council mourns the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

In order to mark the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, flags will be flown at half mast across the town until the day after the funeral.

We know that some members of our community may want to leave a personal message or consider a gift of flowers or donations.

During the current public health situation, the Royal Family ask that flowers are not laid, instead they ask that you consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke.

If you would like to leave a personal message of condolence, this can be done through the Royal Family's online Book of Condolence

The funeral will be on Saturday 17th April, with live broadcasts on television and radio. There will be a minute's silence at 3pm. The Royal Family have asked that no one travels to watch the funeral in person due to Coronavirus restrictions.

Please be reassured that once Coronavirus restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so there will be opportunities to come together to reflect.