WEST Lancashire Borough Council has opened an electronic book of condolence for residents to pay their respects to Prince Philip.
The Queen’s husband, who had been a main figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, died on Friday, April 9 aged 99.
His ceremonial royal funeral will be held at St George's Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, at 3pm on Saturday, April 17.
Councillor Terence Aldridge, Mayor of West Lancashire, said: “The people of West Lancashire, staff and Councillors at West Lancashire Borough Council are very sad to hear the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip has been a major national figure for more than seven decades and is the longest serving consort to a British monarch. We send our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all of the Royal Family at this sad time.
“As a tribute to His Royal Highness, the flags on Council flagpoles will be flown at half-mast across the Borough for the eight days of national mourning.
“We have opened an online electronic book of condolence at www.westlancs.gov.uk/condolence for people living and working in the Borough to write their personal tributes and we will be holding a two-minute silence at a date and time to be confirmed.”
County Councillor Susie Charles, Chairman of Lancashire County Council, has paid tribute to His Royal Highness following the announcement of his death by Buckingham Palace: “We share the country's deep sadness at the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who served his country with dignity for more than 60 years alongside Queen Elizabeth II.
“Thousands of people saw The Duke, along with the Queen, on many official Royal visits, including most recently to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Duchy of Lancaster, and when he accompanied The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on a visit to Burnley and Accrington to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.
“Prince Philip made a tremendous contribution to our communities through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, which provides vital opportunities to young people across Lancashire.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was deeply respected by people across the county and will be sadly missed.”
To sign Lancashire County Council’s electronic book of condolence and find out more about how Lancashire will be marking the death of HRH Prince Philip, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/ duke-of-edinburgh/