Dumfries & Galloway Standard
Region’s tributes to Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip remembered for his trips to the region
As a mark of respect to the Duke of Edinburgh, flags are flying at halfmast on all council buildings and on flagpoles across Dumfries and Galloway.
Prince Philip died on Friday morning, aged 99, and his funeral will take place on Saturday in St George’s Chapel, Windsor – starting with a national minute’s silence at 3pm.
The flags will be flown across the region until Sunday morning and residents are being encouraged to pay their respects by signing the national online Books of Condolence at https://www.royal.uk/.
The Duke will be remembered in the region by many for his visits accompanying The Queen – including, most recently, the officially opening of the Plainstanes in Dumfries town centre on July 14, 2010.
After the plaque unveiling at the Midsteeple ceremony, the royal party moved on to a civic reception at the Easterbrook Hall on the Crichton campus.
The Queen went on to visit the Wallets Mart in Castle Douglas, while the Duke travelled to the Howies sawmill in Dalbeattie and finished their tour in Kirkcudbright.
He also attended two anniversary commemoration services for the Lockerbie Air Disaster at Dryfesdale Cemetery and was, at one time, a regular visitor to Drumlanrig Castle and Estate to compete in carriage driving events.
And generations of young people in the region have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme since he founded it in 1956. It is still going strong today with centres in schools and across Dumfries and Galloway.
A minute’s silence was held before Saturday’s football matches involving Queen of the South and Annan Athletic.
And tributes have been paid by the region’s political leaders and First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who sent a message of condolence to The Queen.
She said: “On behalf of the people of Scotland, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and the rest of the Royal family. Our thoughts are with
them at this difficult time and their grief is shared by people across the country.”
Dumfries and Galloway Council leader, Elaine Murray; depute leader, Rob Davidson; and interim chief executive, Fiona Lees, said in a joint statement:“His Royal Highness had a special relationship with Scotland and Scotland had a special affection for him.
“We would like to pay tribute to his tremendous public service, and his steadfast support to Her Majesty the Queen.
“His dedication brought joy to countless people from all walks of life and, in particular, the millions of young people worldwide who participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
“On behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council and all the communities across our region, we join the nation in mourning.” Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell said: “He was a remarkable man who provided a tremendous support to Her Majesty the Queen and, like her, had a remarkable perspective on global events built up over many decades of public service.
“Prince Philip was a huge supporter of rural life and has been a regular visitor to my constituency both accompanying The Queen on official visits and during events at Drumlanrig Castle when pursuing his passion for horse-carriage driving.”