Following the announcement of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh, flags across Swanage have been lowered to half mast.
A statement was issued by Buckingham Palace on Friday 9th April 2021 informing that Prince Philip had passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle.
The Union Flag has been lowered to half mast at Swanage Town Hall in honour of Prince Philip, where it will remain until his funeral, which is expected to take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
Swanage Town Council
“The Town Council extends its heartfelt condolences”
Swanage Town Council said:
“It is with great sadness that Swanage Town Council learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
“The Town Council extends its heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.”
Mayor of Swanage, councillor Mike Bonfield said:
“It is with deep sadness that I heard of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip this morning. As the longest serving royal consort in British history, he has been a part of all our lives.
“The Union Flag is being flown at half mast on the Town Hall as we remember the lifetime of service which His Royal Highness devoted to Her Majesty The Queen and to our Nation.”
Swanage Lifeboat Station
“We thank him for his longstanding commitment to maritime services”
Swanage Lifeboat Station’s flag is also flying at half mast. The RNLI said:
“Everyone involved in the RNLI sends heartfelt condolences to Our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
“The Duke of Edinburgh has accompanied Her Majesty on many RNLI occasions and we thank him for his longstanding commitment to maritime services and a lifetime of support to Her Majesty.”
Flags lowered to half mast across the town
The Swanage Royal British Legion has paid its respects and lowered its flag to half mast. Also the Union Flag is flying at half mast on the tower of St Mary’s Church in Swanage and on Swanage Pier.
Swanage Royal British Legion
St Mary’s Church in Swanage
“We give thanks for His Royal Highness’s wonderful life”
Dorset Council Chairman, councillor Val Pothecary said:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family as we mourn the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, and on behalf of Dorset Council I would like to offer them our heartfelt condolences.
“We give thanks for His Royal Highness’s wonderful life and years of devotion to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. He has been an inspiration to us all.”
County Hall in Dorchester
“Deep mourning in remembrance of an extraordinary man”
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Dorset, Angus Campbell said:
“It is with deep sadness that we heard of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh this morning.
“The country, and the county, are now in deep mourning in remembrance of an extraordinary man. He has dedicated 70 years of his long life to support Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second, our longest ever reigning Monarch.
“The Duke has been a remarkable pillar of strength to Her Majesty, who Herself has been an extraordinarily strong and constant foundation of love, strength and hope for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations.
“I know that all our hearts go out to Her Majesty and the other members of the Royal Family at this most difficult time. We have lost a man who has been a symbol of extraordinary support and strength for the Crown. A man who will be most terribly missed by us all, and who has given us, and our country, so very much service over so many years.”
Book of condolence
There is an online book of condolence for anyone who wishes to pay their respects on the Royal Family’s website