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Statement From Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen

 

With my humble duty I wish to express, on behalf of the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Queen and the Royal Family following the deeply saddening news of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

I would like to express my deep admiration for the service His Royal Highness has given to this country. His immense contribution to public life will be sorely missed.

It is widely agreed that throughout his life His Royal Highness displayed exemplary leadership, both in his military career and in his service as a member of the Royal Family. His service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War is emblematic of the contribution his entire generation made on behalf of this nation and the free people of the world.

His Royal Highness has been positively involved in the lives of a huge number of people here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool as he has been through hundreds of nations across the globe, through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Award has inspired and educated many young people, instilling and developing within them the confidence, skills and outlook needed to face the challenges of work and life more broadly. His Royal Highness’ commitment to this initiative has undoubtedly changed the lives of a significant amount of people and I am sure of the gratitude which many feel towards him as a result of it.

We are deeply thankful for the work done and sacrifices made by His Royal Highness throughout his long and most admirable life, and our wholehearted sympathies will remain with Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their loss.