A statement from the office of Councillor Margaret Thompson, the Mayor of The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, following the passing of HRH Prince Philip

It is with great sadness that the Royal Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames has received the news of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh demonstrated extraordinary commitment to his nation and his family. He demonstrated his strong sense of public duty during the more than seven decades that he stood by the side of Her Majesty The Queen.

Prince Philip has been an iconic, steadfast presence, and has seen the United Kingdom through decades of unprecedented change. Following a distinguished military career serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, he helped lead our nation through the post-war years of turbulence and change into the leading 21st Century nation we are today. 

On behalf of both the local authority and the people of Kingston-Upon-Thames, we express great sadness at Prince Philip’s passing and our sincere condolences to the Royal Family for their loss.

During this difficult period of time, the Mayor’s programme of events will begin with a minute’s silence as a sign of respect. 

Councillor Margaret Thompson, the Mayor of The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, said:

“As a nation and as the Royal Borough we come together to mourn Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He has been a constant presence in the life of the nation and we all share in his loss.

“We offer our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the other members of the Royal Family as they grieve for their husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.”

As a symbol of our mourning, all flags at the Guildhall are being flown at half mast.  An online book of condolence is available for the people of Kingston to express our grief and gratitude to the Duke of Edinburgh, and share memories of him. These will later be included in the local archives. 

Join us in marking the one minute national silence 

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston will be observing the one minute national silence to mark the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. You can join us virtually at 3pm by visiting our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RBKingstonCouncil). You do not need a Facebook account to join the live stream. If you do have a Facebook account, you can set a reminder for yourself on the event page.

Published: 9th April 2021