Manchester Council leader: City shares Queen’s sorrow over death of Prince Philip

Manchester ‘shares’ the Queen’s sorrow at the passing of her husband Prince Philip, the leader of the city’s council has said.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, paid tribute to the Duke’s public service over the last 70-plus years.

The Duke was a regular visitor to the city, last accompanying Her Majesty on her 2012 Diamond Jubilee Tour.

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Sir Richard said: “Prince Philip has been a major national figure for more than seven decades and, as the longest-serving consort to a British monarch, a source of companionship and support for the Queen throughout her long reign. 

“As the founder of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme he has also helped set a great many young people on the path to adventure, building their skills and confidence in the process. 

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“He has visited Manchester on numerous occasions throughout the years, most recently in 2012 as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour. We send our condolences to the Queen on her loss as the city shares her sorrow and marks his long life.” 

The Union Flag on Manchester Central Library will be flown at half-mast for the eight days of national mourning. 

An online book of condolence will open in due course. 

People are encouraged to not lay flowers or dedications to Prince Philip in the city at this time and to adhere to Covid-19 regulations, including social distancing. 

Main image courtesy of The Royal Family, via YouTube.

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