HRH Prince Philip

Statement from the Chair of West Suffolk Council on the announcement of HRH Prince Philip’s death

It was with deep sorrow and regret that we heard the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. On behalf of councillors serving West Suffolk Council, as well as residents throughout our area, we send our sincere condolences.

Throughout his time as the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch, His Royal Highness provided exemplary steadfast and loyal support to our Queen as she carried out her duties. However, he went far beyond simple support for royal duties and created a role for himself which brought him affection and admiration from all who met him, or who took part in activities which he sponsored. There are very many people throughout West Suffolk who have benefited greatly from taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, for example, and his involvement in hundreds of organisations and charities has brought his experience and compassion to many others. He is remembered with fond affection for his visits to West Suffolk, especially his good humour and patience, both as he played his part in various Royal visits and when he visited in his own right as patron or supporter.

Prince Philip’s uncompromising devotion to duty and straightforwardness of speech will be missed and our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time. Their sadness at the loss of such a true and constant support for their family is shared by us all.

Councillor Brian Harvey, Chair of West Suffolk Council.


Find out more what is happening locally and county wide to mark this the period of national mourning:

Books of condolence

You can leave tributes and messages on the Suffolk online book of condolence or the Royal family - condolences

Following the wishes of the The Royal Family and latest Government COVID guidance physical books of condolence will not be put out in Royal or public buildings.


The Royal Family have expressed a wish for people not to leave floral tributes at Palaces or public spaces due to COVID-19 restrictions and are encouraging people to donate instead if they so wish. 


As a mark of respect, the flags at West Suffolk Council offices are being flown at half-mast from 9 April 2021 until 8am on the day following the funeral.

Funeral and service of thanksgiving

Councillor Brian Harvey, Chair of West Suffolk Council attended the county Service of Thanksgiving at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Friday.

Our Chair, Councillor Brian Harvey, expresses West Suffolk's condolences to Her majesty The Queen and the Royal Family on the day of the funeral of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh: