Following the announcement of the death of HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip - the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Mrs Marilyn Bowman and the Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson have made tributes.
The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Mrs Marilyn Bowman said:
“This is sad news. As Carlisle’s First Citizen I would like to pass on the city’s condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with them at this difficult time.
“The Duke, alongside Her Majesty the Queen visited Carlisle on a number of occasions. He will be greatly missed.”
As a mark of respect, a Union Flag will be flown at half-mast outside the Civic Centre and the Carlisle Tourist Information Centre until 8am on the day following the ceremonial funeral.
The Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr John Mallinson added:
“As we enter a period of national mourning, I would like to pass on my personal condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family. The Duke was a loyal companion to HM Queen Elizabeth and served the nation for decades. He will be sadly missed.”
During the current public health situation, the Royal Household is asking the public not to lay floral tributes and as such we are asking you to respect this ask and to not lay floral tributes around the county.
We appreciate that members of the public would like to pay their respect, but we want to respect the wishes of the Royal Household. We must also continue to follow the current Government coronavirus guidelines, particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel. So, to keep everyone safe it is not appropriate to lay flowers.
Instead the Royal Household is asking the public to make a donation to one of HRH charities, or a charity of your choice. Please visit royal.uk/charities-and-patronages to view a full list of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's charities and patronages.
Send a message of condolence
The Royal Household has respectfully asked that wherever possible people use the official online condolence book that has been made available on Royal.uk.
We do however appreciate that not everyone has internet access. If you know someone in your community who does not have access to the internet and who feels strongly about leaving their condolence, please make them aware that they can write their message of condolence and send it in an envelope addressed to FREEPOST CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL. All condolence messages received will be archived in Cumbria.
The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral and a National Minute of Silence
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at 3pm. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.
It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.
More information is available on the Royal website.
For more details about Cumbria and national arrangements, please go to www.cumbria.gov.uk