Message of condolence

Published: 15 April 2021

Message from our Chairman, Cllr. Elaine Hartford:

Alderbury Parish Council is deeply saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh and would like to extend our deepest condolences to HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family.

His life was one of remarkable service to the United Kingdom for more than 70 years. He served with distinction as an officer in the Royal Navy in the second World War, including in the Indian Ocean and during the allied landings in Sicily. He served as the longest Consort in history by the side of HM The Queen since she ascended the throne in 1952, accompanying her in her duties around the UK and across the globe, representing the UK until his retirement in 2017 at the age of 96.

HRH Prince Philip helped create the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme which began in 1956, with the aim of assisting young people to gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life. He became the UK president of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 1961, and remained President emeritus. He supported over 780 organisations, was a keen sportsman and a skilled equestrian.

We hope we can speak on behalf of Alderbury and Whaddon parishioners in showing our respect at this time to our nations' Royal Family.

Due to Covid-19 a book of condolence will not be available but villagers are encouraged to sign the virtual book of condolence set up by the Royal Family.   The Royal Family have asked for no floral tributes.