His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

The sad death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was announced today, after he passed away peacefully this morning. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family at this time. The Duke gave many years of service to this country and was a constant companion to the Monarch. He will be greatly missed.

The sad death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was announced today, after he passed away peacefully this morning. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family at this time. The Duke gave many years of service to this country and was a constant companion to the Monarch. He will be greatly missed.

As a mark of respect all Union Jack flags on East Devon land will be lowered to half-mast including at EDDC’s headquarters Blackdown House, Exmouth Town Hall, Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth and on the seafront at Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth.

EDDC’S flagpole on Sidmouth seafront was recently broken and staff are working hard to fix this as soon as possible.

Due to the current climate and Covid-19 guidance, those wanting to pay their respect can sign the Palace E-book of Condolence. Those who do not have access to the internet can call the council’s switchboard on 01404 515616 and a member of staff will add their message.

Further information will be forthcoming on details once released from the Palace.

During this time the Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh.

I have also sent a letter of condolence to Her Majesty The Queen on behalf of the residents of East Devon.

During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen. Details will be confirmed in due course. 

In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current Government guidance, not to gather in crowds, and not to visit Royal residences to pay their respects. 

EDDC’s website has been updated with a tribute expressing the sadness of the council and the people of East Devon following the news of the Duke’s death along with all the information above. It will also be updated as further information is released by the Palace.

It is likely EDDC will cancel all of its meetings next week as a mark of respect.