Last Modified: Tuesday, 13th April 2021
Buckingham Palace have very sadly announced the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh aged 99, 'His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle'.
The Town Mayor commented: ‘All at Yateley Town Council are saddened to hear the news of the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. As founder of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and as consort to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, his dedication and contributions to our nation will always be respected. This is a significant moment of sadness for the entire United Kingdom and Commonwealth. A Book of Condolence is being organised through Hart District Council via their website, though we have requested some loose leaf pages for residents to sign locally.'
Announcement of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh | The Royal Family
Following the sad news of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, an eight-day period of national mourning has been declared, to end on Saturday 17th April - the day of His Royal Highness’s funeral.
Online book of condolence
We understand that many residents will want to offer their own thoughts and sympathies at this time of national mourning. There is now a book of condolence open on the Royal Family website at www.royal.uk, where residents can send a message of condolence, a selection of which will be passed onto the Royal Family and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity.
If any residents are digitally excluded and would like to contribute to a book of condolence, they may send a letter to Hart District Council, marked "book of condolence" which will be included. If they would like to write more than one page, Hart District Council asks residents to write single sided only. All such letters should be submitted by 6th May.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, residents are politely discouraged from laying their own floral tributes at locations around the district. Instead, members of the public may wish to consider making a small donation to a charity supported by the Royal Family at this time.
Funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and will be broadcast on television. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at 3.00pm. 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.