On Friday 9 April 2021 Buckingham Palace announced with great sorrow the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. This webpage has been created to provide information about the arrangements being made during this sad time.
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Deeply saddened to hear this news, the Mayor of Telford and Wrekin Cllr Amrik Jhawar said: "On behalf of the councillors and staff at Telford & Wrekin Council and the residents of our borough, I would like to express the great sadness felt here at the news of the death of Prince Philip. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with the Royal Family at this time.
"Our flags are flying at half-mast today and condolence books will be available from Monday 12 April 2021 for residents here to express their thoughts."
Flags at the Council’s main Addenbrooke House building in Telford Town Centre will fly at half-mast from today until the morning of the day after The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.
Residents wishing to express their thoughts can do so on the national online Condolence Book.
Condolence Books are also available locally from Monday 12 April 2021 for people to sign. The books will be available until 5pm on the day following the funeral. After then, they will be held in the local archive, which is linked to the Royal Archives, so that future generations are able to access them and learn of the sentiments expressed by local people on the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.
Condolence Books are available at:
Any residents who wish to leave floral tributes may do so in Southwater Square, outside Southwater One Library in Telford Town Centre. We respectfully ask you to unwrap any cellophane, plastic or paper from the floral tributes and place these in the nearby litter bins. Flowers left in other public places may be gathered to be laid with the other floral tributes at these locations. Any non-floral tributes may be removed. The floral tributes will be gathered at 5pm on the day after the funeral and composted.
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.
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.
It will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the same as for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, rather than a State Funeral – something which is generally reserved for Monarchs. The plans have been approved by The Queen and reflect appropriate Government advice.
Further details about the funeral, including the procession, can be viewed on the Funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh website.
Sadness for the loss of Prince Philip will be felt by many. Grief is a very personal thing and people cope with it in different ways. Talking to family and friends can be a great comfort. There are also a number of organisations locally who offer support, including Cruse Bereavement Care. The Cruse website (opens new window) has lots of useful advice and information that may be helpful to you.