Comhairle Pays Tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deepest sadness that the Comhairle notes the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  He passed away on Friday 9 April at the age of 99.

Comhairle Convenor, Cllr Norman A Macdonald, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family at this sad time.  Prince Philip had a successful Navy career, during which he saw active service during the Second World War.  He then worked to support the Queen following her Accession in 1952.  In 2009, he became the longest serving British Consort.  He founded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which many young people in the Western Isles have benefited from.  He also accompanied the Queen in visiting the Western Isles in 1956, 1979 and 2002. On behalf of the people of the Western Isles I send condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.”

Flags are flying at half-mast at Comhairle Offices.

It is understood that national online Books of Condolence will be available in the coming days to allow people to pay their respects.