Message from the Lord Mayor of Chester
To the Private Secretary of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Dear Private Secretary,
On behalf of the people of the City of Chester, I write to express our deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to Her Majesty, the Royal Family, and His Royal Highness’s staff.
While we join with the rest of the country in mourning, we are also taking this opportunity to reflect on His Royal Highness’s accomplishments and decades of public service. We pay tribute to his incredible legacy and unwavering commitment to our country.
We are grateful for His Royal Highness’s contributions through his Naval service, service as consort, and support and patronage of hundreds of charities, associations, bodies and organisations; especially for those involving British industry, engineering, research, the environment and active lifestyles.
He will also always be remembered as the founder and long-time chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which has developed the skills of thousands of young people in more than 140 countries. In this borough, thousands of local young people, and their local communities, have benefited from the Award scheme since it was founded in 1956.
His Royal Highness visited our City on a number of occasions during the past seven decades. He joined Her Majesty in 1957 when she opened Chester’s former County Hall, and in 1967 paid a visit to Cheshire Police HQ. Further visits took place in 1981, 1992 and 1996, and recently in 2012 he joined Her Majesty at Chester Zoo, where she opened the Diamond Jubilee Quarter as part of her jubilee celebrations.
We were fortunate to have shared in His Royal Highness’s extraordinary life and accomplishments.
With deepest condolences,
Cllr Mark Williams
Lord Mayor of Chester