It is with deep sadness and sorrow that Leeds joins the country in mourning following the announcement from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eileen Taylor said;
“I am very sad to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and on behalf of the city I have written to Her Majesty the Queen to offer our thoughts and condolences at this sad time.
“During his career His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was involved with hundreds of charities and organisations, and will of course leave behind a fitting reminder of his work in the fantastic Duke of Edinburgh Award which so many young people have completed.
“We will be lowering the flags on our Civic buildings today as a mark of respect and an online book of condolence is available for signing at: www.royal.uk for those who wish to pay their respects.”
Leader of the Council, Councillor James Lewis, said:
“We are deeply saddened to hear the announcement from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has died.
“I’m sure the people of Leeds will join me at this time in paying their respects and remembering him and all the excellent work he has been involved in for his country over many decades.”
The Royal Family has asked that people wishing to express their condolences do so as safely as possible and suggest that rather than leaving floral tributes, people may wish to donate to a charity of their choice or to one of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages. Further information is available on their website here: The Royal Family – tributes