Mayor of Preston pays tribute to Prince Philip on behalf of city
Coun David Borrow extends "heartfelt condolences" to the Royal Family on behalf of Preston following the death of Prince Philip today, April 9.
And the Mayor reflected on the work of His Royal Highness during his years as consort to Her Majesty, his achievements in founding the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and gave his thanks for his active service with the Royal Navy.
Prince Philip visited Preston alongside Her Majesty the Queen back in 2002 when Preston was famously given city status.
Coun Borrow told the Post that he had met her Majesty on several occasions but had only met Prince Philip once at a reception for MPs in Buckingham Palace.
Speaking today, Coun Borrow said: "Today we join with cities around the UK and Commonwealth in expressing our sadness at the passing of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. On behalf of the city of Preston I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, and the whole Royal Family at this very sad time.
"We will remember with affection the significant work His Royal Highness undertook during his 73 years as consort to Her Majesty on behalf of the nation and Commonwealth.
"His considerable achievement and a lasting legacy in founding the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which has enabled millions of young people around the world to develop important life skills is of great significance.
"We also remember with gratitude his active service with the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War.
"His visit to Preston with Her Majesty the Queen in 2002 as part of the celebrations of the granting of city status to Preston as part of the celebrations of Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee is remembered fondly by very many Prestonians."
Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history and was married to Her Majesty the Queen for more than 70 years.
Following his death this morning, April 9, the Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.
“Further announcements will made in due course.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
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