HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021)

Earlier today Buckingham Palace announced the death of HRH the Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.

On behalf of Deal Town Councillors, Staff and Residents of Deal, I send sincere condolences to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her family.

Over many, many years Prince Philip dedicated his life to supporting the Monarchy and the people of this country.

He will be remembered as a man who was not afraid to speak his mind.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and her family at this time of sorrow. He will be sincerely mourned.

The Union Flag at Deal Town Hall is being flown with a mourning cravate (black ribbon), as it is not possible to fly a flag on an angled flagpole at half-mast.

We know that many of you will be wanting to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and offer condolences to Her Majesty The Queen at this sad time.

Our priority remains to keep everyone safe and, due to the current public health guidelines and lockdown restrictions around COVID-19, we will not be providing a book of condolence.

We would like to encourage you to leave your tributes to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh by signing the book of condolence on the website of The Royal Household. You can find the book of condolence here.

If you are unable to access the online book of condolence you are welcome to send your tribute in writing to the following address:

Tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Civic Office, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone ME14 1XQ

The Royal Household has requested that members of the public do not leave floral tributes or gather in public places to offer their respects. The Palace has suggested that people could donate to charity instead if they wish to do so. Further information can be found at www.Royal.uk.

Cllr Eileen Rowbotham

Mayor of Deal