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09/04/2021

Statement from the Mayor on the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

On behalf of the Council, The Worshipful The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery has paid tribute to His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the sad occasion of his passing.

On behalf of the Council, The Worshipful The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery has paid tribute to His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the sad occasion of his passing.
 
The Mayor, Councillor Jim Montgomery said;
 

“The life of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh was one filled with service. Born into the turmoil of a Europe still reeling from the Great War, he found sanctuary and stability in the United Kingdom. As a young naval officer, his record was exemplary, but his greatest service to our nation, was undoubtedly as consort, companion, and confidante to Her Majesty the Queen.

 

“His love of adventure and the outdoors led him to establish The Duke of Edinburgh Award. Founded in 1956, the scheme has taught millions of young people worldwide valuable lessons about volunteering, health and wellbeing, and teamwork, and today it stands as a proud legacy to him.

 

“The scale of his service is near impossible to quantify. Countless charitable and public engagements, hosting and visiting world leaders, but all the time, faithful and mindful that his Monarch must enjoy a prominence greater than his own.

 

“It is unfortunate during these times that we are unable to mark this solemn occasion with any form of public gathering. On behalf of the people of Antrim and Newtownabbey, I have opened an online Book of Condolence for people to leave any personal messages or tributes, and these will be gathered and conveyed in an appropriate manner.

 

“I am sure like me, people will remember his service with pride, and pray that God will grant Her Majesty the comfort and strength to bear the loss of her true companion and servant. ”
 

 

"God save the Queen". 

Personal message and tributes can be left on our online book of condolence.
 

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