THE LORD Mayor of Coventry Ann Lucas and council leader Coun George Duggins have spoken of the city’s sadness at the passing of Prince Philip.
In a joint statement the pair said: “The city and the people of Coventry are deeply saddened at the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip was a much-loved national figure, who played a prominent part in our country’s life for many years.
“He visited Coventry several times over the years and was known for his sense of duty and devotion, as well as being a trusted and loved Consort to Her Majesty The Queen.
“It was well documented when he retired from public life that Prince Philip had 22,219 solo engagements, gave 5,496 speeches, and wrote 14 books, while serving as Consort to the Queen.
“His contribution to public life has been phenomenal and our thoughts and prayers go out to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.”
As a mark of respect, the Union Flag at the Council House will be at half mast until after the funeral has taken place.
An online Book of Condolence has been opened and is available on the council’s website.
Click here to sign it.
The pair added: “As we mourn, we also give thanks for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh and the great things he has done for our country.
“He will be greatly missed.”
MP for Coventry North West Taiwo Owatemi wrote on Twitter: “Today is a day of great sadness for our country.
“HRH Prince Philip dedicated his life to public service and serving HM The Queen.
“I am grateful for all he has given to our country. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences are with The Queen and The Royal Family.”