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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

On 9 April 2021 Buckingham Palace announced the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

From this date, a period of national mourning began and will continue for 8 days until the morning of the funeral.

Read details on the ceremonial events taking place.

Chair of Harlow Council's statement

Duke of EdinburghCouncillor Maggie Hulcoop, Chair of Harlow Council, 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.”

Letter of condolence

The following letter of condolence has been sent from the Chair of the Council to the Duke of Edinburgh's private secretary, expressing sympathies from Harlow Council.

Dear Sir,

On behalf of the councillors and officers of Harlow Council, and the people of Harlow, I write to pass on our sincere condolences and offer our most heartfelt sympathies to Her Majesty on the passing of her husband, His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the Royal Family during this difficult time. We share the sentiments of loss and sorrow felt all over the world at the passing of such a devoted public servant of Her Majesty and this great country.

We know that many of Harlow’s earliest residents have very fond memories of the visits to Harlow by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness during the early years of Harlow’s development as a new town. His Royal Highness made a solo visit in November 1952. His tour included visiting housing areas, an industrial estate and taking lunch at Moot House community centre. His Royal Highness was impressed by the local playgrounds, the use of green spaces in the town and the idea of tower blocks.

To mark His Royal Highness’ visit the road running parallel to the Templefields industrial estate he visited was named ‘Edinburgh Way’. Similarly, during Her Majesty’s and His Royal Highness’ visit to Harlow in October 1957 the road adjoining ‘Edinburgh Way’ was named ‘Elizabeth Way’ and officially opened. This second visit saw Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness touring a local school and the newly-built Harlow town centre.

His Royal Highness will always have a connection to Harlow. We will always remember his visits with great fondness, the interest he showed in Harlow and the friendliness and kindness he gave when meeting and talking to local people. His memory and legacy will live on for many years to come.

Yours faithfully,

Councillor Maggie Hulcoop

Chair of Harlow Council

Books of condolence

You can contribute to the national book of condolence on the Royal Family website