The Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Robert Davidson, has expressed his deep sadness and that of the people of Colchester, following the announcement today of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Flags at the Town Hall, Colchester Castle and the council's offices at Rowan House have been lowered to half-mast. A Book of Condolence is being opened online for residents across the borough to leave their respects and messages of sympathy.
The Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Robert Davidson, said: “On behalf of the people of Colchester, I would like to express my deepest sorrow at the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and to convey our profoundest sympathy and condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this sad time.
“His Royal Highness Prince Philip has been a loyal and dedicated servant to our Queen and this country, and has touched the hearts of millions of people, not just in the United Kingdom but throughout the Commonwealth and across the globe.
“His Royal Highness visited Colchester on many occasions, including in 2004, when we were privileged to host a lunch for him and the Queen in our Town Hall.
“I am sure that the people of Colchester will wish to join me at this sad time in reflecting on His Royal Highness’s full and long life.”
The online Book of Condolence will be available here.
The council will be considering how it can mark HRH Prince Philip’s long service to the country with a lasting memorial in the borough.