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Derbyshire mourns the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Published: 9 April 2021

Statement on behalf of the council and information from the Royal Family on the Book of Condolence and donations.

Duke of Edinburgh
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh


“On behalf of the council, our fellow councillors, our employees and residents we are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, which was announced this morning.

“As the longest consort in history, Prince Philip has been a source of great support to the Queen and we join the whole country in mourning his death.

“The Union Flag is now flying at half-mast at our Matlock headquarters, and we will be sending out further announcements about how local people can sign books of condolence early next week.

“We would like to send our condolences to the whole Royal Family at this very sad and difficult time.”

Councillor Judith Twigg, Civic Chairman of Derbyshire County Council
Councillor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council
Emma Alexander, Managing Executive Director, Derbyshire County Council
Councillor Paul Smith, Leader of the Labour Group
Councillor Beth Atkins, Spokesperson of the Liberal Democrat Group


Following the announcement of the death, the Union Flag above County Hall has been lowered to half-mast and will remain in that position until 8am on the day after His Royal Highness’ funeral, Sunday 18 April 2021. 

Book of condolence

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, physical books of condolence will not be available. For residents who are unable to use the online condolence facility, letters or cards may be forwarded to:

Civic Office
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

These will be collated and passed for storage in the Derbyshire Archives.

Tributes and flowers

The Royal Household understand that members of the public would like to express their grief on the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and advise that making a donation to one of His Royal Highness’s many patronages is a fitting way of paying tribute to his remarkable legacy, in lieu of floral tributes at this time.

Find out more about the charity’s which The Duke of Edinburgh supported on the Royal website.

This is in line with national COVID-19 public health advice. 

Funeral arrangements

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.

This will be broadcast on national television. More details of the ceremony can be found on the Royal website.

Commemoration service

Derby Cathedral will be holding a commemoration service for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 16 April 2021 at 2:30pm.

The service will be livestreamed and available on Derby Cathedral’s YouTube channel.