Death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

HRH Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep regret we have today learned of the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

A statement from the Palace said:

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

On behalf of Myself, Silloth-on-Solway Town Council and the Town of Silloth, we pass on our heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty The Queen.

At the request of the royal family there are to be no floral tributes but if permitted (due to the ongoing pandemic), we will be making plans for a book of condolence to be made available for anyone to sign and hopefully this will also be made available to our local care homes, again if permitted.

We will update as soon as we have an answer.

Mark Orchard
Mayor of Silloth and Chair of Silloth-on-Solway Town Council



The union flag at the Community Garden on Silloth Green has been lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect.

Book of condolence

Members of the public wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence on the official website of the Royal Family.  Unfortunately, in order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions in place, and to reduce the risk of transmission, Books of Condolence will not be available in public buildings for people to sign in person.

Laying of Flowers and Donations

Due to the current situation it is difficult for members of the public to lay flowers but as an alternative people may wish to make a donation. We do understand the enormous financial pressures that the current situation is placing on some people and no-one should feel obliged to donate. Buckingham Palace has suggested that donations can be made to the National Emergencies Trust who raise and distribute money and support victims at a time of domestic disaster.

Meetings of the Full Council

Meetings of the Town Council scheduled to be held during the mourning period have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Where can I find out more information?

You can find more information on how Cumbria is marking this sad event on the Cumbria County Council website.

Guidance for the Period of National Mourning