A book of condolence will be available for the public to sign in Gillingham’s parish church of St Mary the Virgin and the Union flag is flying at half-mast over the Town Council building after the announcement of Prince Philip’s death earlier today.
In response to the news Gillingham Town Council has issued the following statement:
‘As we learn of the sad news that His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away, our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time, as they grieve for a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
‘His Royal Highness demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to duty to our country and the Commonwealth. Our sadness at this time is shared by people across the globe, as we remember him with affection and gratitude.
‘This is a period of public grief when people may wish to express their sorrow. A book of condolence will be available for the public to sign in the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin which will be open between 10am and 4pm for private prayer, to light a candle and to write a message of condolence.
‘Please do so within current government guidelines and please bring your own pen.
‘Messages of condolence can also be emailed to Gillingham Town Council at [email protected]
‘In line with current restrictions the Royal Household has requested that members of the public do not leave floral tributes.
‘The Palace has suggested that people could donate to charity instead if they wish to do so.
‘Gillingham Town Council is now flying the union flag at half-mast.
‘Councillorr Barry von Clemens, The Mayor of Gillingham, will be writing to Buckingham Palace on behalf of Gillingham to express the town’s condolences at this sad time.
‘Further statements will be made via www.royal.uk.’
Meanwhile the Deputy Chief Constable of Dorset Police, Scott Chilton, said: ‘Dorset Police is very saddened to learn of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
‘I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Prince Philip.
‘We will be flying our flag at half-mast as a mark of respect at Dorset Police HQ in Winfrith and our police stations in Weymouth and Bridport.
‘Memorial plans will be announced by local councils and we ask the public to follow local authority websites for further information.’