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Mayor leads borough’s tributes to HRH Prince Philip

News release 9927, published on 09 Apr 2021
The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane has led borough tributes to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, following the formal announcement of his death.

The Mayor Cllr Diane Taylor said: “The death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip is very sad news indeed and we in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane mourn the passing of a great man. He has been a devoted and loving support alongside our Queen for more than seven decades and a familiar pillar of reliability to all of us in this nation. His unique mix of dedication and humour has been a feature throughout all of our lives – the personification of stability in a changing world. He will be greatly missed. I will, of course, be sending the condolences of the people of this borough to Her Majesty the Queen.”

The Union Flag will fly outside the Basingstoke and Deane Civic Offices at half-mast until after the late Duke’s funeral.

Prince Philip visited the borough in November 2013 to open the new art, design and technology department named The Duke of Edinburgh Building at his former school, Cheam School, now in Headley. Prince Philip had previously visited Basingstoke in December 2000 to officially open the Milestones Museum.

See the council’s website at www.basingstoke.gov.uk for further updates.

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