Following the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, the Lord Mayor of Bristol, the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, and Mayor of Bristol have issued the following short statements.
Cllr Jos Clark, Lord Mayor of Bristol, said: “We join the country and the Commonwealth in mourning the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. My thoughts and those of the people of Bristol are with The Queen and the Royal Family during this sad time. He will be remembered fondly in Bristol and elsewhere for his many charitable acts, his founding and subsequent dedication to the highly commended Duke of Edinburgh Award and his support for our armed forces.
“Whilst it’s important that we mark the Duke’s passing it’s equally important that we do so appropriately and safely. Many will want to show their mark of respect and support for the Royal Family and I encourage people to do so in a way that is safe and in line with current COVID-19 guidelines.”
Mrs Peaches Golding, Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, said: “It’s with great sadness that we learn of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99. His lifelong service to his country and steadfast support of the Queen and Royal Family marked him out as a national figure, respected across the world. His absence will be felt across the country and particularly the Commonwealth of which he was a passionate supporter.
“I join with all across the city in passing on my condolences to the Queen and Royal Family during this very difficult time. I wish them the time and the peace needed to grieve and reflect upon the life of the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “We mourn the loss of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and will greatly miss the dedication and support he showed to so many charitable causes that have benefitted Bristolians, including myself, over a number of years. His legacy can be seen across those charitable organisations he championed and the positive impact they have had on the lives of many. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Queen and Royal Family in their moment of grief.
“As a mark of respect, flags on top of City Hall and flags at civic buildings across the city will be flown at half-mast.”
A joint letter of condolence will soon be sent to the Palace from the Lord Mayor and Mayor of Bristol.