At our meeting of Council tonight, Chairman Cllr Allan Glass gave a speech in honour of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, which was then followed by a two minute silence:
"We learned with great sorrow and profound grief on Friday, of the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, which will be felt keenly across the nation and beyond.
"On behalf of our residents, members and employees, I offer our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. This comes at a time when the nation continues to come to terms with the ongoing grief from the loss of loved ones to the pandemic, and our thoughts and prayers now go out to Her Majesty, The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family in sincere condolence.
"Our District has great pride in its royal associations, with a strong history of connections to the monarchy. The District has had the privilege of welcoming His Royal Highness on many visits over the years, which we now remember with warmth and fondness.
"In a private ceremony this afternoon within the grounds of Appletree Court, I laid flowers alongside the Deputy Lieutenant for Hampshire, Hallam Mills. These have now been placed in the Council Chamber.
"I will be writing to Her Majesty The Queen, to express our deepest sympathies, and our humble and heartfelt condolence for the loss that Her Majesty and the Royal Family are experiencing at this time."