B&NES responds to Duke’s death

Bath & North East Somerset Council has announced that floral tributes can be laid at Parade gardens by those who may want to join in mourning the death of HRH Prince PhilipDuke of Edinburgh.

The Union Flag is flying at half-mast at the Bath Guildhall, Keynsham Memorial Gardens and Midsomer Norton Library and Information Service (formerly The Hollies) as a mark of respect.

Councillor Andrew Furse, Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “On behalf of the council, and the people of Bath and North East Somerset, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

“We are truly saddened to learn of the death of HRH Prince PhilipDuke of Edinburgh, who visited our area on a number of occasions and was much admired by the people of Bath and North East Somerset.

“As well as being a respected member of the Royal Family we must remember that at heart, HRH Prince PhilipDuke of Edinburgh, was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and it is with his family that our thoughts lie at this difficult time. We hope and pray that they will find comfort and strength in each other – and through our own words of respect and remembrance. Anyone wishing to pay tribute to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is encouraged to join others in doing so in the Royal online book of condolence.”

Due to Covid-19 rules, residents are reminded to adhere to the current restrictions and not join any mass gatherings or marks of respect. Residents can follow the national media coverage of events in London.

The council will not be opening books of condolence at council buildings, but would ask those wishing to pay their respects to go the Royal online book of condolence which will be made available here https://www.royal.uk/  

Floral tributes can be left at Parade Gardens, Bath, Keynsham Memorial Gardens and the Hollies Garden, Midsomer Norton. Please observe social distancing.

Please note that the Chair’s diary of events has been suspended until further notice, and there may be some disruption to services as the council assists with the local response. For more details, please visit: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/hrh-duke-of-edinburgh