Prince Philip: Leeds council leaders pay tribute to Duke of Edinburgh as Buckingham Palace announces his death
Leeds council leaders have paid tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, after his death.
Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.
The Duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.
He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.
The Palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“Further announcements will made in due course.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor James Lewis, and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eileen Taylor, have paid expressed their condolences at his death.
Coun Eileen Taylor said: “I am very sad to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and on behalf of the city I have written to Her Majesty the Queen to offer our thoughts and condolences at this sad time.
“During his career His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was involved with hundreds of charities and organisations, and will of course leave behind a fitting reminder of his work in the fantastic Duke of Edinburgh Award which so many young people have completed.
“We will be lowering the flags on our Civic buildings today as a mark of respect and an online book of condolence is available for signing at: www.royal.uk for those who wish to pay their respects.”
Leader of the Council, Councillor James Lewis, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the announcement from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has died.
“I’m sure the people of Leeds will join me at this time in paying their respects and remembering him and all the excellent work he has been involved in for his country over many decades.