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Organisations and officials across Suffolk have been paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99.

Earlier today, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip died 'peacefully' this morning at Windsor Castle.

And figures from across the county have been remembering and paying their respects to the Royal, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, following the news.

Organisations and officials across Suffolk have been paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99.
Organisations and officials across Suffolk have been paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99.

Suffolk County Council's chairman Graham Newman said: “On behalf of all councillors and staff, I should like to say how very sad we all are at the news of HRH Prince Phillip’s death.

"We send our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and all her family at this time.

"HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited the county a number of times and on each occasion, it was abundantly clear the warmth of feeling the county had for him."

Among The Royal's visits to Suffolk included the opening of the Snape Maltings Concert Hall with The Queen in 1967, Ipswich Waterfront as part of The Queen's Jubilee celebrations in 2002 and the port of Felixstowe in 2005.

“The loss of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be felt right across the globe for some time to come," Mr Newman added.

"I know the people of Suffolk will want to pay their own personal tributes to someone who has been a part of this great country’s fabric for so many years."

The authority has created an online book of condolences for Suffolk's residents to share their memories and reflections at this time.

People's comments will be brought together and printed in a series of books 'that will mark Suffolk's feelings about this national moment'.

Flags on all of Suffolk County Council's buildings, and buildings owned by East Suffolk, Ipswich and West Suffolk councils, are being flown at half mast as a mark of respect.

East Suffolk Council chairman Keith Robinson said that people in the area would be provided with information on how they can pay their respects in due course.

He added: "On behalf of East Suffolk Council, our residents and communities, I would like to express our deep sadness following the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts at this sad time are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

“We will of course ensure that the people of East Suffolk are provided with the information they need to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh and his life of service to the country and to the world.”

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Chairman of Babergh District Council Kathryn Grandon, said it was a 'time for the nation to come together'.

"We send our sincere condolences to The Queen and the entire Royal Family during this sad time with our deepest sympathies," she said.

"The Duke of Edinburgh visits to the district have always been received warmly with great affection, there will be a real sense of loss."

And Barry Humphreys MBE, Mid Suffolk District Council chairman added: “I know the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip will be felt across Suffolk and the world.

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

"Their visits to the district have always been occasions that have brought great pride to our communities.

"I know the people of Suffolk will want to pay their own personal tributes at this time of national mourning.”

Brian Harvey, chairman of West Suffolk Council, said the Duke was 'remembered with fond affection for his visits to West Suffolk'.

"Throughout his time as the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch, His Royal Highness provided exemplary steadfast and loyal support to our Queen as she carried out her duties," he said.

"However, he went far beyond simple support for royal duties and created a role for himself which brought him affection and admiration from all who met him, or who took part in activities which he sponsored.

HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh
HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

"There are very many people throughout West Suffolk who have benefited greatly from taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, for example, and his involvement in hundreds of organisations and charities has brought his experience and compassion to many others.

"He is remembered with fond affection for his visits to West Suffolk, especially his good humour and patience, both as he played his part in various Royal visits and when he visited in his own right as patron or supporter.

"Prince Philip’s uncompromising devotion to duty and straightforwardness of speech will be missed and our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time. Their sadness at the loss of such a true and constant support for their family is shared by us all."

Flags at half mast at Ipswich Borough Council office as a mark of respect for Prince Philip. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council
Flags at half mast at Ipswich Borough Council office as a mark of respect for Prince Philip. Picture: Ipswich Borough Council

The mayor of Ipswich Jane Riley has offered her condolences to The Queen and the Royal Family.

She said: "In Ipswich, we recall his visit along with the Monarch to the town in 2002 as part of the Tour to celebrate Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, as well as earlier visits."

And the mayor of Mildenhall Jane Busuttil said the town council was 'sad' to hear of Prince Philip's death and offered their condolences to the Royal Family.

She added: "His life was one of public service ranging from his Royal Navy career through to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, much utilised in our county."

Suffolk Constabulary's Chief Constable Steve Jupp paid tribute to Prince Philip as an 'example to all of us who work in public service'.

He said: "His lifetime of public duty and steadfast dedication to Her Majesty and the entire country - from his career with the Royal Navy during and after World War Two, right up until his retirement in 2017 - is an example to all of us who work in public service.

"On behalf of Suffolk Constabulary, I would like to join with our policing colleagues across the United Kingdom by extending our sincere sympathy and condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the entire Royal Family.”

MP for Ipswich Tom Hunt said it was 'incredibly sad news'.

He said: "What a great man and what an enormous service he provided to our country over such a long period of time."

Mr Hunt said he was 'thinking of the Queen and all the Royal Family'.

And Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill said: "Such very sad news.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Her Majesty The Queen & the Royal Family at this time.

"Prince Philip's service to his country & the Commonwealth & unfailing support of Her Majesty over more than 70 years of marriage, will always be remembered.

"Rest In Peace."

Senior clergy from the Church of England in Suffolk have also sent their condolences following the news.

Bishop Martin Seeley said: “Prince Philip has been the most remarkable consort to Her Majesty, making the role his own through his distinctive style, intelligence and wit.

"He has been the Queen’s constant strength and guide through over seven decades of public service.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Credit: PA
His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Credit: PA

“Philip was baptised in the Greek Orthodox Church and he was officially received into the Church of England in 1947.

"He represented us with the utmost dignity and he was a stalwart ambassador for our country.”

And the Very Revd Joe Hawes, Dean of St Edmundsbury, said: “The people of Suffolk grieve the death of Prince Philip, a man of remarkable gifts whose life, forged in the fire of childhood adversity combined constant support and focus on unity and resilience in the royal family with tireless public service and an advocacy for causes which showed him to be ahead of his time.

“His down to earth wit and self-deprecating sense of humour, in evidence during his visit to St Edmundsbury with Her Majesty to distribute the Maundy money in 2009, endeared him to the public in Suffolk, Great Britain and throughout the Commonwealth."

As a mark of respect flags on all churches are being flown at half mast.

Officials from the British horseracing - of which Newmarket plays a part with its racecourses and horseracing heritage - industry have united in offering its condolences to the Royal Family following the news.

The Duke’s death will be marked at racecourses across Britain at fixtures tomorrow, with jockeys wearing black armbands and flags flown at half mast.

Annamarie Phelps, chairman of the British Horseracing Authority, said: “The British Horseracing Authority is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

"We owe him a considerable debt of gratitude for his many years of tireless public service and dedication.

"We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family.”

Meanwhile, Lowestoft police officers said they were also flying the police station flag at half mast after the 'such sad news'.

And Norfolk's Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the Prince Philip's death was of 'great sadness to all of the country'.

"He has demonstrated unwavering support to Her Majesty The Queen," Mr Bailey added.

"We hold great admiration for His Royal Highnesses’ contribution to the lives of young people through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award along with his support of hundreds of organisations.

"With Sandringham being a much-loved country retreat for the Royal Family, our county has a close bond with royal tradition. Today, we join with people around the world mourning his loss.”

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