London leaders pay tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined with his fellow election candidates and members of the London Assembly to pay tribute to the late Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99, was “an extraordinary man, who devoted his life to public service and helping others” according to Sadiq Khan.

Mr Khan said: “As Mayor, I know I can say on behalf of all Londoners that we will forever be grateful for the contribution His Royal Highness made to our city and our country. This includes his charitable work and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which has helped so many young people reach their potential.

“There’s no doubt that the legacy of The Duke of Edinburgh’s positive impact on London, Britain and the lives of so many will live on for many years to come.”

Conservative London Mayor candidate and member of the London Assembly Shaun Bailey said that Prince Philip “represented more than the Royal Family” and “was an embodiment of the British spirit”.

He said: “I join my fellow Londoners and the British people in mourning the death of an unparalleled public servant and a devoted husband. His presence was impossible to miss; his absence will be felt just as strongly.”

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Navin Shah, chairman of the London Assembly, said: “We cannot imagine the feeling of loss Her Majesty is enduring but we trust she is comforted by the outpouring of affection for her devoted consort from Londoners.”

He added: “Although he was a jovial, outspoken and entertaining character, no one can dispute his devotion to Her Majesty, his family and his duty.

“We will all remember Prince Philip’s enthusiasm for sport and carriage driving, but it is the award scheme he founded in 1956 that bears his name, which will continue to impact millions of young lives. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for 14 to 24-year olds, will serve as a reminder to us all that there was much more to this man than he was often given credit for.”

Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell, said: “This is a terribly sad moment for the nation. Our thoughts are with HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s family and friends at this time.

“His Royal Highness served the country and supported the City of London faithfully during the course of his long and distinguished life.

“As we stop to mourn, the City joins together in sending our sincerest condolences.”

Policy Chair at the City of London Corporation, Catherine McGuinness, added: “We in the City send our deepest sympathies to HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s family and friends.

“Although it is a sad day, we should also pay tribute to His Royal Highness’s many achievements and dedicated public service – not least his longstanding charitable work.”

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