Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 9 April 2021
HINCKLEY and Bosworth Borough Council have flown the Union Jack flag at half-mast, to pay tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, following his passing earlier today (9 April).
The Borough Council are flying their Union Jack flag at half-mast outside of their Council offices, The Hinckley Hub, on Rugby Road.
They join many other buildings across the country in flying the Union Jack flag at half-mast as a way of paying their respects to His Royal Highness.
Prince Phillip passed away at the age of 99 from his home in Windsor Castle, just two months before he was able to celebrate his 100th birthday.
He was the longest serving royal consort in British history.
How residents can pay respects
Local residents who would like to show a sign of honour and respect to His Royal Highness are being asked to place any flowers as a tribute in their front gardens, windows, or business frontages across the borough, instead of placing them in public areas across the borough.
Council Leader comments
Stuart Bray, The Borough Council Leader, took to his official Twitter account to announce that the flags would be flown at half-mast and that ‘all other’ protocols will take place to mark the sad occasion.
Council Leader Bray shared his memory of meeting Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh back in 2003.
His Tweet reads: “I’m sorry to hear about the death of Prince Phillip. I had the honour of meeting him and Her Majesty The Queen back in 2003.
“Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council will be arranging to fly the Union Flag at half-mast and follow all other protocols to mark this sad occasion.”
Mayor of the Borough comments
Cllr. Lynda Hodgkins, Mayor of the Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, said: ““We are all deeply saddened to receive the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“As consort to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Thee Duke of Edinburgh was deeply respected and admired throughout the world.
“On behalf of the elected members and all those who work for the Borough Council I would like to pass on my condolences to the Queen and all members of the Royal family at this very sad time.
“As a mark of respect, during the period of Royal mourning we will fly the union flag at half-mast across the borough.”