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6.36pm - April 13

EPPING: Town council holds minute's silence

Epping Town Council held a minute's silence following the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the start of tonight's planning and general purposes committee.

A tribute to His Royal Highness was read by committee chairman councillor Nigel Avey.
1.01pm - April 13

LOUGHTON: Churches holding services of commemoration

Special services of commemoration for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will take place at churches in Loughton on Friday (April 16).
 
Information on booking tickets for each service can be found on each church's website. 

St John’s, Loughton: 1.30pm, Requiem Mass; 6pm, Prayer Service.
Broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube. 

St Michael’s, Loughton: 11am, Commemoration Service

St Mary’s Loughton: 6pm, Commemoration Service
Premiered on YouTube from 9pm.
1.01pm - April 13

MP Dame Eleanor Laing pays tribute to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing said: "It was with immense sadness that I heard of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - a man who will be remembered for his duty to our country, his devotion to Her Majesty the Queen and his indomitable wit and enthusiasm.

"We have heard through the tributes from his children and the many other people who have had the honour to meet the Duke of Edinburgh, what a truly remarkable person he was.

"Yesterday in the House of Commons, tributes lasted for over seven hours. There were so many individual stories, so many amusing anecdotes, so much admiration.

"His words - and actions - have encouraged generations of people in every part of the United Kingdom, in the Commonwealth and, indeed, across the world.

"Our young people continue to benefit from the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme which instils leadership skills in young people and gives them the benefit of practical experiences.

"His own leadership skills have also been key to the success of many organisations in every part of the Commonwealth and in an immense variety of good causes.

"Through the many tributes paid in recent days, there has been an overwhelming sense of admiration for a unique man who will be greatly missed."
 
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Dame Eleanor's tribute to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the House of Commons
 
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Dame Eleanor said: "I have never forgotten the advice that Prince Philip gave me. I've never told anyone what the advice was and I'm not going to now but I've never forgotten the advice he gave me when as Chancellor of Edinburgh University he came to the Students' Ball and I was, as a very young and naive 21-year old, the union president.

"I had the privilege of spending a few hours that evening with Prince Philip and I vividly remember how unexpectedly kind, charming and absolutely inspiring he was.

"He, as many people have said, has made such a difference to the lives of so many young people. I was one of them, for which I am eternally grateful. He will be so greatly missed."
9.18am - April 12

WALTHAM ABBEY TOWN COUNCIL: "His championing of innovation and conservation will remain a shining example to us all"

On behalf of Waltham Abbey Town Council and the residents of Waltham Abbey, I wish to express our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal family following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

I was privileged to meet His Royal Highness when he visited Waltham Abbey to open the Gunpowder Park in 2004. He was his usual ebullient and no-nonsense self.

His service to this country and his championing of innovation and conservation will remain a shining example to us all.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, a Book of Condolence is not available at the Town Hall. An online Book of Condolence is available at www.royal.uk.

As a mark of respect, the Union Flags at the Town Hall and War Memorial are flying at half- mast.


Councillor Antony Watts, Town Mayor, Waltham Abbey Town Council
1.18pm - April 10

EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL: Council chairman writes letter to Duke of Edinburgh's Private Secretary

Flags continue to fly at half-mast as the councillors and staff of Epping Forest District Council pay their respects to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Epping Forest District Council chairman councillor Helen Kane has written on behalf of the Epping Forest district to the Private Secretary to the Duke of Edinburgh to express condolences to Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family.

She wrote:


"It is with the most profound regret that I write on behalf of the councillors and residents of Epping Forest District to offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Her Majesty the Queen on the loss of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"This must be a moment of great personal sadness to Her Majesty and deeply felt throughout the Royal Family.
"However, the loss of the Duke has also reverberated far further afield, across this whole Island and the World beyond. The Duke will be remembered for a lifetime of dedication and service. At the outbreak of war in 1939, he was a very young officer in the Royal Navy. He served with bravery and distinction in some of the most dangerous campaigns of the war including the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific. To the wartime generations, his service in the Royal Navy made him the perfect husband to the future Queen.
"Wartime service set the standard by which the Duke lived the rest of his life. A man of great drive and intelligence, the legacy he leaves, epitomised by the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, is rivalled only by the dedication and service of the Queen herself over such a large span of years.
"Together with the Duke, Her Majesty has defined the very best qualities of what ‘Great Britain’ or the United Kingdom means to the wider world. His loss will be felt particularly throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
"Please assure Her Majesty of the continuing affection and high esteem in which she and her family are held at this most difficult time."
12.24pm - April 10

BUCKHURST HILL PARISH COUNCIL: "His Royal Highness will be remembered for his unwavering support to Her Majesty"

The councillors and staff at Buckhurst Hill Parish Council, and the entire Buckhurst Hill community, would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

His Royal Highness will be remembered for his unwavering support to Her Majesty over many years and his devotion to the work of the Royal Family here in the United Kingdom, further afield in the Commonwealth and around the world.

Buckhurst Hill Parish Council will be opening a Book of Condolence at Buckhurst Hill Library in Queens Road.

Contributions can also be added to a Book of Condolence which has been opened online by Essex County Council at https://forms.office.com/r/W5yt8icXES
9.12am - April 10

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, LOUGHTON:  Bell to toll 99 times from midday

The bell of St John the Baptist Church, Loughton, will toll 99 times at midday today.
9.10am - April 10

DAVENANT FOUNDATION SCHOOL:  "A man who served our nation"

"Our prayers are with Her Majesty and the Royal Family as they mourn the passing of Prince Philip. Husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, a man who served our nation with passion and dignity. Generations of Davenant students benefited from the DofE award."
6.08pm - April 9

ONGAR TOWN COUNCIL: Prince Philip "will be remembered for his dedicated service"

On behalf of Ongar Town Council, and the wider Ongar community, I would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this sad and difficult time.

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be remembered for his dedicated service representing the United Kingdom across the Commonwealth and around the world over many decades.


Councillor Kevin Piggott, chairman, Ongar Town Council
6.06pm - April 9

EPPING TOWN COUNCIL: "He will remain such a key part of our history"

It was with much sadness that we received the news that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.

Most of us will not have known life without His Royal Highness who has contributed so much to the world we know today and been the Queen’s strength and stay for so many years. He will remain such a key part of our history.

On behalf of the councillors and staff at Epping Town Council, I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this extremely sad and difficult time.


Councillor Grahame Scruton, Town Mayor of Epping
6.04pm - April 9

NORTH WEALD BASSETT PARISH COUNCIL: Council to open Book of Condolence

North Weald Bassett Parish Council, in accordance with protocol, will be opening a Book of Condolence tomorrow.

The Book of Condolence will be online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Members of the public will be able to email their comments, thoughts and words to the parish council and the messages will be uploaded onto the parish council's website.  

After the period set by protocol, the Book of Condolence will be closed, and a copy printed and retained for historic purposes, along with a copy passed to the Essex Records Office.

Following the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh the council has postponed Monday's parish council meeting and Tuesday's planning meeting.
2.46pm - April 9

EPPING FOREST DISTRICT COUNCIL: Flags flying at half-mast

Epping Forest District Council has said flags are flying at half-mast as  councillors and staff of the council at the Civic Offices in Epping and North Weald Airfield pay their respects.
2.38pm - April 9

ESSEX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE: Fire station flags at half mast

Statement: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is deeply saddened at the news that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died.

As a mark of respect, flags at Service Headquarters at Kelvedon and on fire stations across Essex will fly at half-mast in tribute to Prince Philip.

Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive Jo Turton said: "The Duke of Edinburgh was rightly respected for his active and dedicated service over many years and he has made a tremendous contribution to our country.

"I offer my deepest sympathies and condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this sad time."
2.32pm - April 9

HARLOW COUNCIL: "This is a time when the country will unite"

Harlow Council chairman Maggie Hulcoop said: “Today is a sad day for our country. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathies go out to Her Majesty and the Royal Family following the passing of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. 

"The flags outside the Civic Centre are flying at half-mast as a mark of respect. This is a time when the country will unite, to stand together to remember The Duke of Edinburgh and support Her Majesty and the Royal Family.”

A letter of condolence will be sent from the Chair of the Council to the Queen’s personal secretary, expressing sympathies from Harlow Council.
2.03pm - April 9

NORTH WEALD: Parish council postpones meetings

North Weald Bassett Parish Council has postponed Monday's parish council meeting and Tuesday's planning committee meeting.
1.57pm - April 9

LOUGHTON: St John's Church holding virtual service of Evening Prayer

A service of Evening Prayer at St John's Church, Loughton, at 6pm today will be live-streamed on the St John's Virtual Church.

Rev'd Chris Davies said: "We will pray for the repose of the soul of the Duke of Edinburgh and for our Sovereign Queen as she grieves her beloved husband and Consort.
"
1.55pm - April 9

EPPING: St John's Church open for private prayer and reflection

​"The Epping Team Ministry sends its condolences to Her Majesty The Queen following the death of Prince Philip today. 

"St John’s Church is open for anyone who would like to light a candle or spend a few minutes in private prayer and reflection. 

"We are in discussion with other local bodies about how else we can mark this sad moment in our national life, and further details will be announced in due course."
1.43pm - April 9

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL: Book of condolence opened

Essex County Council chairman councillor John Jowers said: "On behalf of all members of Essex County Council, we offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We join with people across Essex in mourning his loss.

"He made a enormous contribution, at the side of the Queen, to the Country, the Royal Family, and through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, to Essex.

"In the year to March 2020, through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, 40,391 hours of voluntary service to the local community were undertaken in Essex, with participants completing 37,999 hours of physical activity and 39,234 hours of work toward a skill.”

A letter of condolence will be sent from the Chairman of the Council to the Queen’s personal secretary, expressing sympathies from the County Council. Flags are being flown at half mast at County Hall.

Essex County Council has opened an electronic book of condolence, which is available
HERE and will be available shortly via the council’s website at www.essex.gov.uk
1.43pm - April 9

HARLOW MP ROBERT HALFON: "Great Britain has lost an icon"

Harlow MP Robert Halfon said: "It is so sad to learn of the passing of Prince Philip. He has been such a part of our nation’s history for so long. It is hard to imagine our national life without him. Prince Philip embodied the best values of our monarchy; commitment, duty, devotion, patriotism, respect and service above self. 

"As an MP, I was privileged to meet Prince Philip on one occasion in 2013, when Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip came to Parliament for the annual Queen’s Speech. Speaking to a few Essex MPs, he was warm, funny and as expected, very traditional. 

"Great Britain has lost an icon. I think with his passing, the history of Britain is changing as well." 

Mr Halfon added: "The loss of Prince Philip will cause upset in Harlow and across the nation. I know that for the most part, Harlow residents strongly value the contribution that the monarch brings to Great Britain. I am sure that all of us in Harlow will stand proud, and with great respect honour his memory. 

"I wish Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family every good wish and strength at this time."
1.20pm - April 9

ESSEX POLICE: Flags at police stations at half mast

Today Essex Police joins the country in mourning following the sad passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

As a mark of respect to The Duke, flags on all police stations across Essex will fly at half-mast in tribute to The Duke, who sadly passed away on Friday, April 9.

Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington, who led tributes on behalf of Essex Police, said: “Our deepest condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this very difficult time.

"His Royal Highness served our Queen and country loyally and faithfully for many years and today we will lower our flags to both honour and remember him.”

The statement added: "Essex Police said residents of the county are encouraged to safely pay their respects.

"Local authorities will be making information available about where floral tributes can be left in a safe, socially-distanced way.

"Essex Police joins the county’s residents in their grief at this sad time, but we would ask people to remember the current government guidelines in place to keep us all safe."
12.01pm - April 9

STATEMENT FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
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