LivePrince Philip death latest updates: Bishop of Sheffield and Boris Johnson pay tribute to Duke of Endinburgh
Prince Philip, Queen Elizebeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.
In a statement released on Friday, Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
The royal family’s official website has also switched to a holding page in memory of the duke.
Follow this live blog for more updates on his passing.
LIVE: Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip dies aged 99
Last updated: Friday, 09 April, 2021, 17:09
- Prince Philip, Queen Elizebeth II’s husband, has died aged 99 on Friday
- The Union Jack flag on Buckingham Palace is flying at half mast following the Duke of Edinburgh’s death this morning.
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘steadfast support’ for the Queen
- Tributes are poured in from all over the world
Sheffield Cathedral will be open from 3pm today for those who wish to light a candle or leave a floral tribute in memory of HRH Prince Philip.
US President Joe Biden pays his tribute
Online book of condolence set up for those who wish to send message of condolence
An online book of condolence is now available on the royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence, the royal family’s Twitter account announced.
Prince Philip: Coronation Street, Eastenders and Emmerdale cancelled tonight as BBC and ITV stop shows
ITV announced changes to its Friday schedule this afternoon, following the announcement of the Prince’s death.
It said: “ITV News will broadcast continuous coverage throughout the afternoon, celebrating Prince Philip’s life, his unique contribution to British history, and looking back at his decades of service to the Queen and the country.”
Programmes include a specially commissioned film, Prince Philip: Duke Of Edinburgh, featuring “personal testimony” and “rich archive content” and a documentary special, Prince Philip: A Royal Life.
The Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex-Service Associations pay their tribute
“The Sheffield and District Joint Council of Ex-Service Associations pay our tribute to Prince Philip and send our heartfelt sympathies to Her Majesty the Queen and the other members of the Royal Family on this very sad day.
“This country owes so much to Prince Philip both as ‘Her Rock’ to her Majesty and his lifelong dedication of public duty to our country but also let us not forget the great debt that we owe to him for the brave service which he gave to this Country during the second World War as a heroic sailor.
“Sir - your Ex-Service Comrades, from all the Services, in Sheffield thank you for your dedication and service to our country and to our Queen. May you rest in Peace. You will be sadly missed.”
Statement on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Tony Downing
“On behalf of Sheffield City Council and the people of Sheffield, I wish to express our great sadness at the news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“In his early adult years, The Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy and was on active service throughout the Second World War. At the end of the war, he was on the destroyer HMS WHELP which was present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed the surrender on 2 September 1945. Having married the then Princess Elizabeth, The Duke of Edinburgh went on to provide enormous support to her as Queen, often through times of major challenge for the country. Aside from his loyalty to the Monarch, many of us will remember him for creating The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, a youth awards programme founded in in 1956, that has changed the lives of countless individuals.
“I recall fondly the enthusiastic welcome given by the people of Sheffield when he accompanied the Queen on a visit to the city in April 2015. It will be an event that many will remember for the rest of our lives and will remain a significant day in Sheffield’s history.
“As a mark of our respect, flags will be flown at half-mast on civic buildings.Books of Condolence will be made available for people to sign online until the day after the funeral. Floral tributes may be laid at the back of the fountains in the Peace Gardens in the city centre.”
Statement Mayor Dan Jarvis on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said:
“My deepest sympathies go to the Queen and the Royal family following the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip gave his life to service – from a distinguished and courageous career in the Royal Navy, where he saw active duty from the Mediterranean to the Far East during World War II, to the long, constant, and vital support to the Queen after they married in 1950.
“He provided her with love, companionship, and a private and family side to such a very public life. But he also gave a lifetime of dedication and service to the country himself.
“In particular, his work with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme inspired many thousands of young people to push themselves and their limits. It led me at age 18 to an expedition to the Himalayas, a formative experience, and one I will never forget.
“Prince Phillip was an important part of a national institution, and a part of British public life for more than seventy years. As such he represented a powerful link to our past as a country and helped to shape it. His passing will be widely mourned.”
South Yorkshire bishops’ statements on the death of Prince Philip
“We extend to Her Majesty the Queen, to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, our deepest sympathy at the news that HRH Prince Philip has died. He has been the Queen’s closest companion and constant support throughout her long reign, sustaining an extraordinary burden of public duties well into his ninth decade. We will miss his humour and his candour, but most of all his utterly reliable presence beside the sovereign. Like the Queen, he had a profound sense of duty and of service and our national life is richer because of all that he has given.”
- The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield
“It is with deep sadness we receive the news of the death of Prince Philip today and we offer our sincere condolence to Her Majesty the Queen, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In supporting the Queen during her extensive reign, his support for her and his commitment to public service have been remarkable. Maintaining his own personal interests whilst also offering the stability of constant companionship, he was able to retain his distinctiveness within public life. Our thoughts and prayers are most especially with our Queen in her time of loss as we pray for God’s comfort and his strength.”
- The Rt Revd Sophie Jelley, Bishop of Doncaster