Prince Philip: Still time to contribute to Book of Condolence after death of Duke of Edinburgh

Residents of the naval city of Portsmouth will mourn the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh more than most if responses to a Book of Condolence are any indication.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:35 pm
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:41 pm
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the D-Day museum as it marks its 25th anniversary on April 30, 2009 in Southsea Picture: David Parker/WPA Pool/Getty Images

JPIMedia - which publishes newspapers across the UK - invited its readers to submit their messages of tribute to Prince Philip and they have come flooding in.

But a quarter of the total to date have arrived from Portsmouth - home to Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory - a number that rises to nearly a third of the total when neighbouring Sussex is included.

The Duke had strong naval connections to Portsmouth so the large outpouring of grief may not be surprising.

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Edinburgh - the city from which Prince Philip took his dukedom - comes a close second in the ranking of responses.

Belfast, Yorkshire, the home counties and the Midlands were also well represented.

But readers have been more reticent in the North East of England - where total contributions represented less than four per cent of the total.

Many of the messages will be published region by region in their local daily paper on Monday in a superb eight-page souvenir supplement of Saturday's funeral.

The daily titles include the Portsmouth News, the Sheffield Star, the Scotsman, the Edinburgh Evening News, the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Sunderland Echo, the Hartlepool Mail, the Shields Gazette, the Lancashire Post, the Blackpool Gazette, the Newsletter, the Yorkshire Post, and the Wigan Post.

They will also appear on the company's national news website, as well as hundreds of weekly newspapers.

Many of the tributes were extremely powerful.

‘I have never met HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh but wish I had. I have always looked up to the Royal Family and always felt safe and comforted by such a loving, kind presence and feel thankful we had and still have the Monarchy which was protected by an amazing man HRH Prince Philip. We are and will always forever be indebted to him and my heart goes out to our devoted Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family. God Bless RIP HRH Prince Philip you have left a great legacy of all you have done and all you have achieved,’ wrote Mr and Mrs Nolan.‘The Duke of Edinburgh was a rare man indeed, who had no time for political correctness or other nonsense. He spoke his mind and was erudite and gentle, with a rare sense of serving his wife and the Nation too. One of a kind indeed. Sorely missed in this PC world we enter,’ was the comment contributed by George Migeod, DipFA.‘I met the duke once before I was deployed on active duty. What a nice down to earth man. He had plenty of time to spend with us and was keen to know everything about us. He will be missed,’ was the recollection of William Farrier.‘Sadly I never had the privilege of meeting you, but have always admired your hard work and dedication! You Sir are a true legend - loyal to your Queen, Country and Duty! You achieved so much and are an inspiration to so many! My thoughts are with your family at this time. Xx,’ was the tribute from Gemma McGhee.

There is still time to leave your memory or tribute. Simply click on the link here.