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Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021

Prince Philip

Message from the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Tim Pickstone

We are very sorry to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip was our longest-reigning consort and gave a lifetime of service to the people of the country.

The flags are currently being flown at half-mast in all our public buildings across the borough and members of the public are invited to contribute to the national online book of condolence found on the Royal.uk web site.

During this time the Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh.

It is anticipated that a virtual service will take place on the eve of the funeral to be live streamed so that faith communities can join virtually. Details will follow shortly.

I want to reassure people that there will be opportunities to come together to reflect and mourn once it is safe to do so and easing restrictions enable this to take place.

Set protocols are in place for this sad occasion which are currently directing the council's response.


Local information

Flag protocol information

The flags are currently being flown at half-mast on civic buildings across the borough and will remain at half-mast until the morning after the funeral.

Books of condolence

In accordance with public health advice, there will be no physical books of condolence.

Members of the public are invited to contribute to the national online book of condolence found on the Royal.uk web site.

Floral Tributes

During this time the Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh. A list of His Royal Highness's patronages, and how you can donate can be found on the Royal.uk web site.

In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current Government guidance and not to gather in crowds.

National minute's silence on Saturday 17 April 2021

The Duke of Edinburgh's Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George's Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute's Silence at three o'clock. 

It is recognised that many people who wish to pay their respects on the day of the funeral are likely to do so by watching the live broadcast at home. For this reason, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing, there will be no public service for the National Silence at that time.

To pay our respects to His Royal Highness this silence will be observed in all council buildings.


National information

National information can be found on the Royal.uk web site.

During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified Funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh have been confirmed. Read more on: Royal.uk - Funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh.


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