Falkirk district tributes to Prince Philip

Tributes have been paid to Prince Philip, who died this morning at Windsor Castle aged 99.

By Jill Buchanan
Friday, 9th April 2021, 1:46 pm
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:17 pm

Leading the messages of condolences was Falkirk’s First Citizen, Provost William Buchanan who said: “It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

“I along with councillors and officers at Falkirk Council, would like to express our deepest condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this time.”

Alan Simpson OBE, the Lord-Lieutenant Stirling and Falkirk, who is Her Majesty’s personal representative in the area, said: “We are all very saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh at the

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh last visited Falkirk in July 2017 for which was to be one of his last official engagements in Scotland.

age of 99. Since marrying Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and becoming Royal Consort in 1952, Prince Philip has been a constant companion and provided unshakable support to Her Majesty The Queen throughout her reign.

“In his early life he was a brilliant naval officer who served with real distinction but after The Queen came to the throne, he devoted his time to supporting her and innumerable causes. He had an extraordinarily keen and enquiring mind which, combined with vision and indefatigable energy, meant that he was able to get things done. He supported many charities in UK and throughout the Commonwealth including being a founding member of the World Wildlife Fund which was one of the first nature conservation organisations in the world.

“ He was also a man of constant kindness and consideration for others as well as being renowned for his sense of humour.

“Many of us will remember with great pleasure his last visit to Falkirk which was to accompany Her Majesty to the Kelpies in 2017 as she opened the new section of canal. This was only about one month before his retirement from public life.”

Falkirk MP John McNally said: "It's always very sad to lose someone dear to you. I met Prince Philip and the Queen when they officially opened the canal at The Kelpies a few years ago. I remember there was a great deal of humour and warmth between them as a couple. My condolences to the family."

A message from Strathcarron Hospice said: “Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, is a Patron of Strathcarron Hospice and has shown her loyalty since her first visit in 1982.

"Since then she has met with many patients, families, volunteers and staff.

"Today we extend our condolences to her, and her family, for their very sad bereavement.”

Maggie’s Centres, which has a facility in Larbert in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital which Prince Philip visited with HM The Queen in 2011, also paid tribute.

They said: “We are sad to hear the news about His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“We are sending our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all of the Royal Family, including our President Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.”

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