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Death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh - statement from our Chairman

Published April 09, 2021 6.13pm

Our Chairman Cllr Katie Corrigan has released a statement regarding the announcement (today) of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

"We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time.

"Prince Phillip visited County Durham many times and I am sure all those he met will have very fond memories of the time he spent here.

"Over the years, tens of thousands of young people from our area participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and, for many, the absolute highlight was meeting His Royal Highness to discuss their progress and celebrate all that he helped them to achieve through the scheme.

"We know that many people will want to express their condolences at this sad time but, due to coronavirus restrictions, we are unable to set up physical books of condolence. However, an online book is available to sign via The Royal Family website."


People can leave tributes via the site at

The Royal Family is asking that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes. More information is available at

We are flying flags at half mast at the following buildings as a mark of respect: County Hall, Durham Town Hall, Crook Civic Centre and our offices at Green Lane, Spennymoor.

Arrangements are currently being made to mark His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh's passing in other ways. Further details of these will be released once confirmed.

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