A Statement from The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire on the announcement of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
today, Friday, 9 April, 2021.

“His Royal Highness was a hugely charismatic man, who was much loved and
respected by so many.

“Prince Philip carried out over 22,000 solo engagements since 1952, including many
in North Yorkshire, as well as accompanying Her Majesty The Queen at many other
events. They were both at the 150th birthday celebrations of The Great Yorkshire
Show in 2008 and in May 2010, they formally re-opened the Scarborough Open Air
Theatre to rapturous applause; apparently the volume of noise from 6500 people
was quite deafening. The Duke was also a great supporter of military events across
our region.

“Prince Philip, who has been by The Queen's side for more than 70 years, making
him the longest serving Consort, dedicated his life to supporting Her Majesty. He has
combined loyalty and duty without diminishing his own individual personality. They
have had an extraordinary partnership which has lasted over 74 years.

“He will be fondly remembered by so many, both here and across the
Commonwealth. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme will be his legacy, touching
over 6 million young adults and continuing under the auspices of HRH The Earl of

The Union Flag is flying at Ryedale House at half-mast as a mark of respect. Ryedale District Council has launched a book of condolence for people who wish to provide messages of condolence to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family: