HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, said: “The death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has seen a huge outpouring of grief across Hampshire together with the nation as a whole. At this time of profound sadness, I imagine that many of us across our Hampshire communities will wish to pause and reflect during the National Minute’s Silence that will take place ahead of the funeral on Saturday afternoon, in a personal act of mourning and remembrance, on this very poignant day.”
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “It is with great sorrow that we must pay our final respects to The Duke of Edinburgh. His funeral honours the culmination of a lifetime of duty to the nation, and at County Council buildings, our flags will remain lowered at half-mast on what will be a day of sombre commemoration, but also of thanksgiving for a remarkable life lived.”
Winchester Cathedral will be holding a special online Service of Commemoration at 5:30pm on Friday 16 April to give thanks for the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Service will be broadcast live from Winchester Cathedral. Watch it via the Cathedral’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. Further information is available on the Cathedral’s webpages.
Letters of condolence, from the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and from the County Council, have been sent to Her Majesty The Queen, offering Hampshire’s deepest sympathies. The letter from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire can be viewed online at www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/lieutenancy and www.hants.gov.uk.
Messages of sympathy to the Royal Family may also be posted on the e-Book of Condolence on the Royal website.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Melville Kendal laid flowers inside Winchester’s Great Hall at midday, Saturday 10 April, in remembrance.
Since news of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh, flags have been lowered to half-mast at Hampshire County Council buildings. On the day following the funeral, flags will be returned to full mast.