Monmouthshire County Council’s Chairman Sheila Woodhouse has expressed her condolences after the announcement of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip’s passing on Friday 9th April.

Councillor Woodhouse said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip’s death. On behalf of Monmouthshire County Council, I send our most sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this very difficult time.

“The Duke Of Edinburgh has touched the lives of many throughout his lifetime, not only playing a significant role as a member of the Royal Family but through his passion as an environmentalist and Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh scheme. We honour his dedication to public life and his undeniable commitment to supporting Her Majesty The Queen over many decades. His loss will be deeply felt across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”

In a display of mourning and respect, all of Monmouthshire County Council’s flags have been lowered to half-mast and books of condolence will be opened at Monmouthshire’s Community Hubs on Monday 12th of April and will remain open until the funeral of His Royal Highness.”