Councillor Elizabeth Hamilton, Chairman of Chichester District Council, says: "On behalf of everyone in our district and at Chichester District Council, we wish to express our great sadness and sincerest condolences to her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family following the incredibly sad news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

"The Duke of Edinburgh has shown great devotion and dedication to his role in public office over more than 70 years of service alongside the Queen. His Royal Highness will also be remembered for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, which inspired so many people young people, including myself, to gain skills and confidence, and to achieve their ambitions.

"As a mark of respect, the union flag will be flown at half-mast at Chichester District Council's East Pallant House offices in Chichester. The council has also prepared an online book of condolence for residents who wish to pay their respects.

"We are all deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this time."

Messages of condolence can be sent to the Royal Family by visiting:  The Royal Family - book of condolence . The council has also set up an online book of condolence.

Residents who do not have online access can send a message of condolence to the Chairman's Office, Room 102, West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ.

Because of the current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, people are urged to please avoid gathering in public places: for example, rather than laying flowers in a public area, they may wish to display a floral tribute at home. The Royal Family has also asked that members of the public consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Date of release: 12 April 2021

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