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Statements from the Lord Mayor of Westminster and the Leader of Westminster City Council

Published: 9 April 2021

Statement from The Lord Mayor, Cllr Jonathan Glanz

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Jonathan Glanz, on behalf of Westminster City Council and the entirety of the City of Westminster, would like to express his deep sadness on the passing of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke served this nation dutifully for over six decades, as consort to Her Majesty The Queen, with the same dedication, humour and devotion throughout. His Royal Highness’ example, from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, to the longest serving Consort in history, is one to be looked up to with admiration by so many, at home, abroad and throughout the Commonwealth.

Joining Her Majesty, the Duke took countless visits to every corner of the globe. He represented this country for many decades, being an excellent ambassador for the United Kingdom.

Here in Westminster, many past Lord Mayors of Westminster met His Royal Highness at a great many events, from community engagements to military parades. The Duke’s dedication to duty was clear for all to see and I know he was a fantastic role model for all.

Flags will be flown at half-mast on Westminster City Council buildings.

The Lord Mayor will be cancelling a number of events as a mark of respect, and those going ahead will begin with a period of silence.

Thank you.

Statement from Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council:

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was an inspirational figure whose decades of public service have touched countless lives. The City of Westminster mourns with the Royal Family for what is a nation’s loss. As home to Buckingham Palace, we have always felt a special link with the Royal family. Over the coming days we will support residents in paying their respects in an appropriate way.

Read the guidance on leaving flowers and how you can sign the book of condolence.