His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh: 10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

Statement from Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Lady Haughey CBE:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and on behalf of the Lanarkshire Lieutenancy I offer my sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and all her family at this difficult time.

“Prince Philip’s commitment to public service throughout his life has been exceptional. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme he established in 1956 has over the ensuing years given millions of young people worldwide the best possible start in life , building confidence, resilience and embracing the importance of team working, essential skills significantly improving their chances of moving forward in education and getting a job. Outcomes from the scheme have been inspirational reflecting the Duke’s drive and determination to make a positive difference to the lives of so many people in this project and in the many others he has lead and supported with such distinction.

“As we mourn his loss we also celebrate the life of the longest serving royal consort in British history, having only retired from official engagements just over three years ago at the age of 96.”

Provost of North Lanarkshire, Jean Jones:

“On behalf of the residents of North Lanarkshire, I send my deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family following the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip bore his recent illness with courage and determination and his passing marks a sad day for people across the country.”

South Lanarkshire Provost Ian McAllan:

“On behalf of the people of South Lanarkshire, I would like to send my deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family, following the sad news that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh passed away.
“It is a sad day for everyone in our country and I would ask people to quietly reflect on the life of someone who has been such an integral part of the Royal Family for decades.
“His legacy will live on, not least through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme which has given countless young people fantastic opportunities for more than 60 years.”

A Book of Condolence is available online at the Royal Household website: for people to pay their respects.


Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, no physical Books of Condolence will be available.

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Her Majesty the Queen has issued the following message on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day

“Today we mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, which brought victory for the Allies and finally marked the end of the Second World War. Continue reading →

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SSAFA Lanarkshire – The Armed Forces Charity , a group of volunteers based across the County have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Volunteer led, the organisation provides invaluable assistance and support to our armed forces personnel , veterans and their families . Continue reading →

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Her Majesty The Queen’s Speech on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

The Queen’s VE Day 75th anniversary televised address in full

Audio of Big Ben chimes and announcer says: “This is London. His Majesty King George VI”.

King George VI: “Let us remember the men of all the services and the women in all of the services who have laid down their lives.

“We have come to the end of our tribulation and they are not with us at the moment of our rejoicing.”

The Queen: “I speak to you today at the same hour as my father did, exactly 75 years ago.

“His message then was a salute to the men and women at home and abroad who had sacrificed so much in pursuit of what he rightly called a ‘great deliverance’.

“The war had been a total war; it had affected everyone, and no one was immune from its impact.

“Whether it be the men and women called up to serve; families separated from each other; or people asked to take up new roles and skills to support the war effort, all had a part to play.

At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain.

“But we kept faith that the cause was right – and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through.

“Never give up, never despair – that was the message of VE Day.

“I vividly remember the jubilant scenes my sister and I witnessed with our parents and Winston Churchill from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.”

“The sense of joy in the crowds who gathered outside and across the country was profound, though while we celebrated the victory in Europe, we knew there would be further sacrifice.

“It was not until August that fighting in the Far East ceased and the war finally ended.

“Many people laid down their lives in that terrible conflict.

“They fought so we could live in peace, at home and abroad.

“They died so we could live as free people in a world of free nations.

“They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe.”

We should and will remember them.

“As I now reflect on my father’s words and the joyous celebrations, which some of us experienced first-hand, I am thankful for the strength and courage that the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and all our allies displayed.

“The wartime generation knew that the best way to honour those who did not come back from the war, was to ensure that it didn’t happen again.

“The greatest tribute to their sacrifice is that countries who were once sworn enemies are now friends, working side by side for the peace, health and prosperity of us all.”

“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish.

“Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps.

“But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other.

“And when I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.

“I send my warmest good wishes to you all.”






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