HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021
His Royal Highness Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Buckingham Palace said: "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.
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
The Union Flag at Brympton Way has been lowered to half mast, and at other council sites. There will also be moments of silence before council meetings this week.
In a joint statement, South Somerset District Council's Leader and Chairman said: "We want to send our deepest condolences, those of the people of South Somerset and from all those at South Somerset District Council, to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.
“This is a sad day but one that gives us a chance to reflect on the inspiration that Prince Philip has been to generations of people in the UK and around the world.
"He led a life of dedicated public service by supporting The Queen and in so many other ways.
“He was an extraordinary public servant who will be rightly remembered for both his commitment and devotion to his country.”
In view of public safety due to current Covid-19 restrictions, a link to the official book of condolence has been provided to allow people the opportunity to safely pay their respects.
While people may want to gather to lay flowers or other items and pay their respects, Government Covid-19 guidelines mean physical books of condolence cannot be opened in public places at the moment. We are asking residents to please be mindful of the current coronavirus restrictions and consider safer alternatives, such as making a donation to charity.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “The Royal Family have the safety and wellbeing of the public in mind during these challenging times. The Family therefore ask that anyone wishing to express their condolences does so in the safest way possible, and that the public not gather at Royal Residences.
"In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current Government coronavirus guidelines, particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel, to keep themselves and others safe.
"Members of the public may wish to consider making a donation to a charity of their choice, or one of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Patronages in memory of His Royal Highness, instead of leaving floral tributes.”
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at 3pm. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh's own personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.
It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.
Prince Philip and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Their first son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1950, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960 and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 1964.
Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921.
His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, a younger son of King George I of the Hellenes.
His mother, Princess Alice, was a daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.