By KLTV Newsdesk –
Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh and the longest-serving consort in British history has died aged 99.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news that Phillip passed away peacefully on Friday morning at Windsor Castle.
The full statement released by Buckingham Palace reads: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.
“Further announcements will be made in due course.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.
Update: 09/04/2021 – 1:42pm
Members of Kirklees Council have offered their condolences to the Royal Family.
Union flags on council buildings will be flown at half-mast during the period of mourning and an online book of condolence has been opened.
Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Mumtaz Hussain, said: “On behalf of the citizens of Kirklees, I would like to send my deepest sympathies to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and family on the loss of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
“The Duke of Edinburgh Awards was established to help young people develop essential life skills and make new friends – a proud legacy he leaves behind that will live on through the generation’s past, present and future.”
Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “I’m deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
“I know residents from communities across Kirklees will want to express, and share, their thoughts at this sad moment for our country.
“His Royal Highness dedicated his long life to his Royal duties and our country.
Cllr Pandor noted how Prince Phillip’s work such as The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, helped young people develop invaluable life skills
He added: “His support for charities and causes over many years leaves an incredible legacy for generations to come.
“My thoughts are with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of The Duke of Edinburgh’s family at this incredibly sad time.”
Jacqui Gedman, Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, described the news as “incredibly sad”.
She said: “On behalf of everyone at Kirklees Council I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family at this deeply upsetting time.
“His Royal Highness will be remembered for devoting his life to our country through his royal duties and I’d like to thank him on behalf of Kirklees for everything he has done.