In memory of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

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It was with great sadness that Buckingham Palace announced His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle today,
Friday 9 April.

East Devon is joining with the rest of the country and the commonwealth to mourn his passing.

During the coronavirus pandemic, and in light of current Government advice and social distancing guidelines, modified funeral and ceremonial arrangements for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are being considered by Her Majesty The Queen.

In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current Government guidance, not to gather in crowds, and not to visit Royal residences to pay their respects. 

More local information can be found at: In Memory - East Devon

Flags lowered to half-mast across East Devon


As a mark of respect all Union Jack flags on East Devon land will be lowered to half-mast including at EDDC’s headquarters Blackdown House, Exmouth Town Hall, Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth and on the seafront at Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth.

EDDC’S flagpole on Sidmouth seafront was recently broken and staff are working hard to fix this as soon as possible.

Tributes to His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh

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The Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon and the Chairman of Devon County Council, Councillor Stuart Barker, have conveyed their condolences on behalf of the County of Devon. You can read or watch their tributes HERE.

Arrangements being made throughout Devon will be shared on the website of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon. 

E-book of Condolence

Due to the current climate and Covid-19 guidance, those wanting to pay their respect can sign the Palace E-book of Condolence. Those who do not have access to the internet can call the council’s switchboard on 01404 515616 and a member of staff will add their message.

To leave your message visit the Royal Family website

Flower Tributes: Palace asks residents to pay tribute in other ways

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During this time the Royal Family ask that members of the public consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh.

East Devon District Council pays tribute

EDDC’s website has been updated with a series of pages paying tribute to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

These will be updated as further information is released by the Palace. 

The council’s Chair and Chief Executive will also be sending a letter of condolence to the Royal Family on behalf of the residents of East Devon.