Messages of condolence following passing of Duke Of Edinburgh


Representatives from councils, emergency services and sports clubs express their sadness

Messages of condolence have continued to be paid locally following the announcement of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Councillor Les Sibley, Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “On behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, it is with great sadness that today we hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. This sadness, I am sure, is shared by many of you who will want to remember and recognise the service of Prince Philip.”

Councillor David Hughes, Chairman of Cherwell District Council, also expressed sadness on behalf of the District Council.   He added: “During the pandemic, we cannot host and open physical books of condolence as it is not safe to do so. We would encourage those who would like to share a message to sign Buckingham Palace’s online book of condolence at This will close at 5pm on the day after the funeral. To mark this sad occasion, our flag has been lowered to half mast at Bodicote House.

“Outside of COVID-19, we would, at this time, be working to identify suitable locations in the district for the laying of flowers, should anyone wish to do that. Unfortunately, we need to discourage this. Alternative donation arrangements may be announced by the government or Buckingham Palace in the coming days.

“We are now reviewing our meetings schedule and civic functions and there are likely to be some changes. We will update our website with this information as soon as possible.”

A statement by Thames Valley Police said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. All of us at [Thames Valley Police] offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this very sad time.”

A message posted by South Central Ambulance Service said: “We are deeply saddened by the news that His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away. The thoughts of everyone at South Central Ambulance Service are with the Royal Family at this sad time.”

On social media Oxford United football club said: “Everyone is saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

Around the Banbury FM area flags continue to fly at half mast today as a mark of respect. At St Mary’s Church in Banbury the muffled tenor bell was rung at midday in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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