Statement from Councillor Maddie Henson, Mayor of Croydon:
“Millions of people at home and across the world will be saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99. I will be sending official condolences on behalf of the borough to the Private Secretary of Her Majesty The Queen.
Prince Philip dutifully dedicated his life to serving this country, both in peacetime and war, and will also be remembered for his work supporting hundreds of charities and through the creation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, which inspired thousands of young people.
I know that he will be sorely missed by many people in our borough, and as a mark of respect we have lowered the flags outside the Town Hall to half-mast.”
Statement from the Councillor Hamida Ali, leader of the council:
“I am much saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Her Majesty The Queen, the rest of the Royal family and everyone affected by his passing.
“His Royal Highness visited Croydon on many occasions during his years of public service, including celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Whitgift Almshouses in 1996. The Queen and Prince Philip also visited previously in 1960 when they opened the Technical College and Art College. Prince Philip played a central role in many of the borough’s notable events over the years, including joining the borough’s centenary celebrations in 1983 when The Queen’s Gardens were also unveiled.
“I’m sure many of our residents will remember these visits, and will be reflecting on their own memories of him.”