The Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Robert Francis, responds to the announcement that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died this morning.
Councillor Robert Francis, Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, said: "on behalf of the Council I want to express our sadness at the death of Prince Philip. We are immensely grateful for his service to the country as a major national figure for over seven decades. Among the many contributions made during his extraordinary life was the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme helping young people across the country to build skills, confidence and a sense of adventure.”
“The islands were fortunate to receive a visit from the Queen and Prince Philip in the summer of 2011 and I know islanders will be saddened by this loss."
"We send our deepest condolences to the Queen and the Royal family for their loss.”
Following the announcement of the death, the flag above the Town Hall has been lowered to half-mast and will remain in that position for the full period of mourning.