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Statement on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh

Leader of the Council Sir Richard Leese responds to the announcement that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died this morning.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Prince Philip has been a major national figure for more than seven decades and, as the longest-serving consort to a British monarch, a source of companionship and support for the Queen throughout her long reign. 

"As the founder of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme he has also helped set a great many young people on the path to adventure, building their skills and confidence in the process. 

"He has visited Manchester on numerous occasions throughout the years, most recently in 2012 as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tour. We send our condolences to the Queen on her loss as the city shares her sorrow and marks his long life." 

The Union Flag on Manchester Central Library will be flown at half-mast for the eight days of national mourning. 

A national book of condolence is open on the Royal website

A Manchester online book of condolence is open for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

They will remain open for the duration of the period of mourning.

People are encouraged to not lay flowers or dedications to Prince Philip in the city at this time and to adhere to Covid-19 regulations, including social distancing. 

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