TRIBUTE FROM THE LORD-LIEUTENANT FOR THE WEST MIDLANDS ON BEHALF OF THE WEST MIDLANDS FOLLOWING DEATH OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
The Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree, OBE, has sent a letter of sympathy to The Queen following the announcement of the death of her consort which says:
“On behalf of the County of West Midlands we send our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen. There is great sadness across the West Midlands at the death of His Royal Highness. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty and the Royal family at this time.
“As an expression of our sadness, flags are flying at half-mast throughout the County.”
Mr Crabtree paid tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh and his lifetime of dedication to public service.
“His Royal Highness was a frequent visitor to the West Midlands and the people of this County welcomed him with great warmth. He had a wide variety of interests and supported many sporting events held here in the West Midlands, as well as business and arts projects.
“His contribution to the well-being and motivation of young people of this county through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has been terrific. He has been a dynamic and highly motivating influence throughout his long years of service to this country, and as consort to The Queen. I am sure I speak for all of the citizens of the West Midlands when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty at this very sad time.”
Further information is being made available on the website of the West Midlands’ Lieutenancy including links to each of the seven Council websites in the West Midlands. Council websites are also being updated to show a message from the Lord Mayor / Mayor and information about the where to locate a Book of Condolence: www.wmlieutenancy.org