It is with sadness that the Bailiff has received formal confirmation form the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
The Bailiff, Mr Timothy Le Cocq has said – ‘I am saddened to hear news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We know of course that he was receiving recent medical care but that cannot fully prepare one for the loss of such an important figure.
Only a few amongst us are old enough to remember a time when he was not a significant part of the central life of the nation, supporting Her Majesty the Queen in her Royal duties, having retired from public duties only recently. He carried out those duties diligently and played an important role in national affairs and in the work of the monarchy.
He was from that wartime generation that understood and exemplified duty and service and we remember with affection his numerous visits to Jersey.
He was known for his forthright speech and sense of humour and he will I know be missed.
We are grateful for his life of service and there will be time in the future to reflect on that.
At this time, though, our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family in this time of loss and grief.’
The island will recognise the passing of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in the following ways.
Flags to be lowered to half-mast immediately from today Friday 8th March (between 0800 and 2000 daily) until 0800 on the day following the funeral.
Book of Condolence and Flowers
At present due to national covid restrictions, books of condolence will not be made available and members of public are advised not to lay flowers until formally instructed to do so by the Bailiff’s Chambers.
A virtual book of condolence will be made available at Royal.uk.
The Bailiff will address the assembly formally on Tuesday 20th April at the first States sitting following the Easter recess.
News release – Bailiff’s Chambers