DEATH OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Standon Parish Council was saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip. Under normal circumstances, appropriate plans were in place for parish councils across the country to fly flags at half-mast and open books of condolences, while community events, such as religious services, would have been held for people to pay their respects. However, these are not normal times. The idea of bringing people together within their local communities cannot currently be realised; the preservation of life and the care and well-being of the living must take precedence over acts of mourning and the remembrance of those who have died.
Accordingly, the Parish Council's response will be necessarily limited, but we hope that, when restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so, there will be opportunities to come together to reflect and mourn.
Buckingham Palace have expressed the wish that, as an alternative to public displays, people may consider making a charity donation to one of the Duke of Edinburgh's many patronages although, with the enormous financial pressures that the current situation is placing on some people, nobody should feel obliged to donate. These patronages include The Zoological Society of London, The Charities Aid Foundation. and the British Heart Foundation. A full list is available at www.royal.uk/charities-and-patronages.
The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire has opened an online condolence book for your comments.
Posted: Sat, 10 Apr 2021 07:32 by Belinda Irons