Prince Philip's death: Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire salutes Duke of Edinburgh's sense of duty, humour and fun
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire has paid tribute after Buckingham Palace today (Friday April 9) announced the death of Prince Philip just two months short of his 100th birthday.
Robert Voss spoke of the Queen's husband and consort's sense of duty, humour and fun, and of his "long-standing connection with Hertfordshire".
He said: "It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness devoted his life to serving Her Majesty and this country, and his sense of duty was unfailing.
"He is often remembered for his wit and sense of humour and fun, but he never wavered in his support of The Queen and the many charities and other organisations which he supported, including, of course, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
"He had a long-standing connection with Hertfordshire and was seen in the county on numerous occasions – most recently when he opened the science building at the University [of Hertfordshire in Hatfield] in 2017.
"We should all be immensely thankful for his lifetime of faithful and devoted service to this country.
"On behalf of the people of Hertfordshire, I send my sincerest condolences to Her Majesty and members of The Royal Family."
The Lord-Lieutenant is the monarch's personal representative in each lieutenancy area of the UK. Historically, each lieutenant was responsible for organising the county's militia – a responsibility that was removed in 1871 although it was not until 1921 that they formally lost the right to call upon able-bodied men to fight when needed.
Lord-Lieutenant is now an honorary position usually awarded to a retired notable person in the county. Mr Voss, 68, took up the title of Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire on August 4, 2017 in succession to the Countess of Verulam.
Hertfordshire County Council released a statement saying that councillors and officers were "deeply saddened" at the news of Prince Philip's death. "Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time," it said.
Cllr Colette Wyatt-Lowe, chairman of the county council, said: “On behalf of the county council and the people of Hertfordshire, I would like to express our condolence and gratitude for the lifetime of service given by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: “On behalf of all councils across England and Wales, I’d like to express our sincere condolences to the whole Royal Family.
“Councils will be putting into place local arrangements to support the public in expressing their own sympathies, such as opening books of condolence, flags being flown at half-mast and the laying of flowers in public areas.”