Mayor pays tribute to Prince Philip

Friday, 9 April, 2021

Buckingham Palace has announced that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away today, aged 99.  

Cllr Prad Bains, Mayor of Havant, said: “I would like to offer my sincere condolences on behalf of Havant Borough Council and its residents, to the Queen and the Royal Family at this time following the sad loss of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.  

“Our sadness at this time is shared by people across the globe, as we remember with affection and gratitude a lifetime of diligent service.  

"Prince Philip’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and International Award have introduced thousands of young people to new experiences, and as a patron of more than 800 organisations, he has made an incalculable difference to many lives.  

“His life was dedicated to the people of Great Britain and his family, and he will be truly missed.”  

The council will be writing to the Queen on behalf of the residents of the borough offering our condolences.  

Due to coronavirus restrictions we are asking people not to gather or lay flowers in public areas at this time.  

Instead, members of the public may wish to consider making a small donation to a charity supported by the Royal Family at this time. 

No physical books of condolence will be available to the public but a national book of condolence is expected to be held on the Buckingham Palace webpages https://www.royal.uk/ 

There will be opportunities to come together and mourn as a community when it is safe to do so.