Figures and organisations from Milton Keynes have paid tribute to the late Prince Philip.
Tributes have been paid after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. The tributes come after the 99-year-old’s death, which was confirmed in a statement by Buckingham Palace this morning (09/04).
Flags have been flown at half mast outside MK Council’s offices and at Station Square.
Milton Keynes Mayor Andrew Geary lead the tributes. He said, “It is with great sadness that Milton Keynes Council hears of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“We send our deep condolences to the Royal Family on behalf of the people of Milton Keynes. I will be writing to The Royal Household to express our sympathies.
“Flags are now flying at half-mast at the Council’s civic offices and will do so at Station Square; they will continue to fly at half-mast until after the funeral of His Royal Highness.
“Anyone who wishes to place flowers can do so while observing social distancing precautions at the Milton Keynes Rose in Campbell Park.”
Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart said, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and my thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. He was inspirational and gave so much to the nation, and was held in deep affection in return. I had the enormous privilege of meeting him on a number of occasions, most memorably when he accompanied The Queen on a visit to Bletchley Park in my constituency.
“May he rest in peace.”
Milton Keynes North MP Ben Everitt said, “I’m deeply saddened to learn His Royal Highness Prince Philip has passed away. The Duke of Edinburgh’s dedicated service and commitment to our country over many decades will never be forgotten.
“From his distinguished and honourable service in the Royal Navy to inspiring young people across the country with the Duke of Edinburgh Award his lifetime of service has touched so many people.
“My thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this awful time.”
MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said, “In Milton Keynes, we can never forget Prince Phillip, and the honour it was to welcome His Royal Highness and Her Majesty The Queen to officially open stadium mk.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.”
Christian Horner, Team Principal of the MK-based F1 team Red Bull Racing, said, “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
“He gave his life to Great Britain and took great pride in initiatives to inspire young people, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
“I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions, most notably at Duke of Edinburgh prize giving events and his passion for inspiring youth and community initiatives was quite remarkable. He will be sadly missed by all.”
The Bletchley Park Museum, which paid host to the Duke and the Queen in 2011, paid tribute, with the site also confirming their flags will fly at half mast.
They said, “We are saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and are flying our flag at half-mast as a mark of respect.”
Cranfield University have also made tributes to the Duke, who was the university’s former Royal Visitor and one of its honorary graduates.
Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, said, “Personally, and on behalf of all of us at Cranfield University, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.
“We are honoured to have had the Duke of Edinburgh’s support for our institution over many decades as both the Royal Visitor and an honorary graduate.
“His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, had a distinguished military career and was a passionate advocate of engineering and new technology. He has served our nation with huge distinction and his loss will be felt around the world.”
The centre:mk shopping centre paid tribute with a statement on social media. They said, “Everyone here at centre:mk are deeply saddened at the passing of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the members of the Royal Family at this sad time.”