Mayor leads Wirral’s tributes to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Tony Smith, has written to Buckingham Palace to express his sorrow at the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

In a letter to Prince Philip’s Private Secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, The Mayor wrote: “It is with great sadness that I write on behalf of the Council and people of Wirral to offer sincere condolences for the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“Appreciation for the extraordinary service he gave our nation is evidenced by the many heart-felt messages already left in Wirral Council’s online book of condolence.

“Please pass my deepest sympathy on to Her Majesty The Queen for her loss.

“With thanks for an exceptional life.”

Following the announcement of Prince Philip’s death, Union flags at key Council buildings, including Birkenhead and Wallasey town halls, were lowered to half mast.

COVID-19 restrictions mean that public commemorations are not possible at the present time. Residents are instead being invited to pay their respects by leaving a tribute in the borough’s online book of condolence at A special telephone line is available for anyone wishing to leave a tribute, but is unable to do so online. The line – 0151 606 2021 – is available from 10.00am to 2.00pm this Saturday and Sunday and from 9.00am to 5.00pm from Monday until Friday 16th April.

Floral tributes in memory of His Royal Highness can be left on the lawns in front of Birkenhead Town Hall. It would be appreciated if cellophane and other wrappings were removed first to aid composting when the flowers are spent.

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