Date Published: 09 April 2021
It is with much sadness that we have learned of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
My sadness at this time is shared with Members and Officers of the Council and, I am sure, all residents across the whole of North Kesteven District, as we remember with gratitude the service given by Prince Philip in support of the Queen, the nation and Commonwealth over 73 years of marriage. It is remarkable that he was just two months away from his 100th birthday in June.
We remember especially his interest in Whisby Natural World Centre, which he officially opened in March 2001, his pioneering approach as an environmentalist and the inspiration and opportunity extended to hundreds of young people within the District through his Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme. He also visited the District frequently in a private capacity to visit at RAF College Cranwell.
As a mark of respect the Union Flag will be flown at half-mast on the Council flagstaff until the morning following the funeral.
There is a protocol for when the flag should be raised and lowered and the Council will ensure that this is duly observed, as well as other considerations for the period of mourning.
In the current circumstances of the ongoing pandemic, it is not possible to host a physical book of condolence, but it is understood that an e-book of condolence will be made available on the Buckingham Palace website at www.royal.uk in due course.
I would ask that, under the current restrictions, floral tributes are not placed at any remembrance site in the District. However, in lieu of this, I would suggest an online charitable donation to an appropriate cause if you wish.
On behalf of the residents of North Kesteven, I shall be writing to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to express the sincere condolences and deepest regrets of our community at the passing of HRH Prince Philip.
In all other respects the Council will work with local and national organisations and agencies to ensure appropriate, proportionate and dignified arrangements are in place at this time of national mourning.
Any further locally-relevant information or guidance will be made available as appropriate at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk and www.lincolnshire.gov.uk and national information at www.royal.uk
North Kesteven District Council Chairman
Councillor Susannah Barker-Milan