Councillor Breda Rae Griffin
Chairman, South Kesteven District Council
I am extremely saddened to hear of the death of Prince Philip. My sorrow at this time is shared with Members and Officers of the Council and, I am sure, all residents across the whole of South Kesteven, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of support and service given by him to Her Majesty the Queen, our longest-reigning Monarch.
Prince Philip has been at the Queen's side throughout her reign, and also carried out numerous Royal engagements on her behalf with his own very distinctive style and sense of humour. As a District we have all greatly valued his role, his contributions to national life and dutiful dignity.
On a personal note, I fondly remember when I worked in schools alongside children who were working towards the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which was initiated by Prince Phillip and provides an incredible opportunity for young people.
Councillor Kelham Cooke
The Leader, South Kesteven District Council
On behalf of South Kesteven District Council, I express our condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness epitomised a life of service and dedication, not only to our Sovereign, but to the armed forces, the voluntary sector, and Britain’s young people. The Youth Award Scheme in his name goes from strength to strength and continues to provide opportunities for so many. This, coupled with his brave and selfless heroism in the Royal Navy during the war and his active support of many good causes, provides a model of a life well-lived. His Royal Highness has left a lasting legacy of hope and opportunity which will illuminate the lives of future generations to come.
We are very thankful for His Royal Highness’ service and legacy, and he will be long-remembered in the hearts of the people of South Kesteven.