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Dover District Pays its Respects: HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh


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HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021)


The death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was announced by Buckingham Palace on Friday 9 April 2021. 

The Dover District, along with people around the world, is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

On behalf of communities across the district, the Chairman of Dover District Council expresses our great sorrow and our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family, and to all the communities affected by this sad news.

The Chairman has also written a letter of condolence on behalf of the District to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Private Secretary.  

Union flags flying from Royal Residences and Government Buildings were half-masted on 9 April and will remain half-masted until 08.00 on 18 April, the day after the funeral.

Businesses or other organisations wishing to pay their respects by half-masting flags or holding silences should follow the guidance that has been issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Period of national mourning

The Queen has approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that there will be a period of National Mourning beginning on Friday 9 April until Saturday 17 April, the day of the Funeral inclusive. The Government has issued guidance for the public, organisations and businesses for observing the period of national mourning. 

Funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh - Saturday 17 April 2021 (3pm)

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 three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.  

Information for the public wishing to pay their respects 

Following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh we know that many of you will be wanting to pay tribute to him and offer condolences to Her Majesty The Queen at this sad time.

Our priority remains to keep everyone safe and, due to the current public health guidelines and lockdown restrictions around COVID-19, we will not be providing books of condolences at our buildings.

We would like to encourage you to leave your tributes to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh by signing the book of condolence on the website of The Royal Household.

You can find the book of condolence here

If you are unable to access the online book of condolence you are welcome to send your tribute in writing to the following address:

Tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Civic Office, Sessions House, County Road, Maidstone ME14 1XQ

The Royal Household has requested that members of the public do not leave floral tributes or gather in public places to offer their respects. The Palace has suggested that people could donate to charity instead, if they wish to do so.

Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh’s visits to the district

Prince Philip Deal Pier

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visited the district on many occasions, both on his own and as Royal Consort to HM The Queen.

The Duke served as Captain General of the Royal Marines from 1953 to 2017 and visited Deal on several occasions in this capacity.

Notable visits to Deal included 1981 when he took the salute at the final trooping of the colour by 41 Commando, and in 1989 when he visited the Royal Marines School of Music following the Deal Barracks bombing.  On his visit to the Royal Marines in 1957, the Duke of Edinburgh also officially opened Deal Pier.  

The Duke of Edinburgh’s first visit to Dover as consort came in 1958 when HM The Queen sailed into Dover on the Royal Yacht Britannia following a state visit to The Netherlands.  

His Royal Highness went on to visit Dover on several occasions, including in 2000 when he reviewed the Dunkirk Little Ships ahead of their 60th anniversary Channel crossing to Dunkirk.  He most recently visited Dover in 2006 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Dover Harbour Board. 

The Duke’s last visit to the district before he retired from public duties was in 2015 when he accompanied HM The Queen who officially opened The Wing, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s visitor and education centre at Capel-le-Ferne.