Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County councils pay tribute to Prince Philip

Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County councils have all paid tribute to Prince Philip, who has died today (Friday April 9).

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:25 pm
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:28 pm
Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire County councils have all paid tribute to Prince Philip, who has died today (Friday April 9). (Image from Banbury Guardian archives)

The tribute from Cherwell District Council said: “On behalf of Cherwell District 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.

“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 royal.uk. 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.”

The tribute from West Oxfordshire District Council said: "It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Our thoughts go to the Royal Family during this challenging time and on behalf of West Oxfordshire District Council, we would like to offer our deepest sympathies.

As a mark of respect, we will be flying the Union Flag at half-mast at our Woodgreen offices."

The tribute from Cllr 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.

“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 royal.uk. This will close at 5pm on the day after the funeral.

“Outside of Covid-19, we would, at this time, be working to identify suitable locations around the county 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.”

Cllr Sean Woodcock, the Labour Group Leader Cherwell District Council, said: "Prince Phillip's long life of service to this country, in World War Two and as Prince Consort, makes this an incredibly sad day for our country. My deepest and most sincere condolences go to Her Majesty The Queen and to all the Royal Family who will be feeling immense grief.

"The Labour Party has suspended election campaigning activity in order that we may all properly pay our respects to the Duke of Edinburgh."