Date Published: 19 April 2021
The Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness has paid a final tribute to His late Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and thanked all those who have shared messages of condolence following his death on Friday 9 April.
Prince Philip was laid to rest during a private funeral ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday 17 April.
A special service of remembrance was held at All Saints Church in Oakham on Friday evening as the county of Rutland joined Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family in mourning the loss of Prince Philip.
The small private service at All Saints Church was delivered by Reverend Stephen Griffiths and streamed live online due to ongoing COVID restrictions around funerals and commemorative events.
“Following a week of great sadness and quiet reflection, His late Royal Highness Prince Philip has been laid to rest by Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family in what was an incredibly poignant service at Windsor Castle. The recent outpouring of public support and messages of sincere condolence from people in Rutland has been truly heart-warming. I have written to The Queen on behalf of our County to convey the tremendous sense of loss felt by so many of us. The Duke of Edinburgh has been ever-present throughout most of our lives and will be deeply missed.”Dr Sarah Furness, Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland
A special online book of condolence remains open for anyone in Rutland who wishes to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family. The book can be accessed at: www.tolbc.com/RCC-HRHPP.
Donations in lieu of flowers are also welcome to help support the planting of a memorial apple orchard in Prince Philip’s name, as a lasting tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh. Further information about the orchard and how to donate can be found at: rutlandlordlieutenant.org.