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Statement from the Mayor of Farnham

Portrait image of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that Farnham Town Council received the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GCVO GBE on Friday 9 April 2021.

On behalf of the people of Farnham, Councillor Pat Evans the Mayor of Farnham, has written to The Queen to pass on the town’s sincerest condolences and appreciation for The Duke of Edinburgh’s depth of service to the nation and the Monarch. 

Councillor Pat Evans says: “After more than 70 years of public service, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is the longest serving consort in British history. His life was one of remarkable public service and we feel deeply proud and grateful for his selfless sense of duty.

“During the Second World War, HRH Prince Philip served with distinction as an officer in the Royal Navy. By the time he retired from public life in 2017, The Duke of Edinburgh had given his time and support to nearly 800 charities and organisations which reflected his wide-ranging interests. 

“He also touched the lives of many generations of young people from Farnham and further afield who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. This forward-thinking scheme enabled many youngsters to gain essential life skills, experience, confidence and resilience. We are thankful for his vision and that he has left a lasting legacy that will continue to serve this country for many years to come.”

As a mark of respect, the Union flag at Gostrey Meadow is flying at half-mast and a black cravat has been attached to the flag outside the Town Council office. 

Members of the public who wish to pay tribute to the life of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are invited to make a donation to one of his charities instead of laying flowers. This request is in line with the wishes of the Royal household and government COVID restrictions.

A link to the Royal online book of condolence and other information, is available on Farnham Town Council’s website.

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