TRIBUTES from across Wales are flooding in for Prince Philip, who has died at the age of 99.

Political leaders and emergency services have reacted following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh; The news of his death was announced in a statement on Twitter by the Royal Family on behalf of the Queen.

Mark Drakeford, Wales' First Minister of Wales, said: "It is with sadness that we mourn the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Throughout his long and distinguished life, he served the crown with selfless devotion and generosity of spirit.

"We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, his children and their families on this sad occasion.

"He will be missed by the many organisations that he supported as Patron or President over many decades of service."

Cllr Ellie Chard, Rhyl mayor, said: "The town council’s thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal family on this sad occasion.

"As a lifelong and devoted companion to the Queen, His Royal Highness lived a life of service but we are also mindful that he was, foremost, a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Our sympathies are with the Royal family."

North Wales Police tweeted: "We are saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

On behalf of North Wales Police we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

"May he rest in peace."

And North Wales Fire and Rescue Service posted: "On behalf of everyone within NWFRS, we are saddened to hear the news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"Sincere condolences and thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time."

Rhyl RNLI sent their heartfelt condolences and posted a picture of The Queen and Prince Philip.

They posted: "Everyone in the RNLI sends heartfelt condolences to Our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, on the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

"The Duke of Edinburgh has accompanied Her Majesty on many RNLI occasions and we thank him for his longstanding commitment to maritime services."

Denbighshire County Council took to social media to say: "It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

"As a County Council we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and all members of the Royal Family."

Cllr Sam Rowlands, leader of Conwy County Borough Council, said: "Very sad news, a man who lived an incredible example of duty and servant hood to our country and Queen."

Dr James Davies, Vale of Clwyd MP, took to social media to say: "Very sad to hear of the loss of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at 99 years of age.

"He committed decades of service to this country. Deepest condolences Royal Family at this sad time."

David Jones, MP for Clwyd West, tweeted: “People across North Wales will be deeply saddened at the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Earl of Merioneth, and will be thankful for his unfailing support for HM the Queen over so many decades.”

Virginia Crosbie, MP for Ynys Mon, said in a Facebook post: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, earlier today at Windsor.

“On behalf of everyone on Anglesey, our thoughts and prayers today are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.”

Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, said: “'It is sad to mark the close of years of stability and marriage with the announcement of the death of Prince Philip.

“We live in troubling times, when the Royal Family’s mourning resonates with the loss experienced by many families.”

Robin Millar, MP for Aberconwy, said: "The thoughts and prayers of many here in Aberconwy will be turning to Her Majesty the Queen and her family now. 

"Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was distinguished as veteran, consort, environmentalist, equestrian and more. But he was also a much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. 

"His family will all feel his loss keenly and I know people here in Aberconwy will want to join me in sending our condolences to the Queen and to all her family."

Prince Philip was due to celebrate his 100th birthday on June 10, this year.

The Duke of Edinburgh had recently returned home after a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.

The Royal Family posted on Twitter at 12pm today: "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.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

"Further announcements will be made in due course."

The Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, said Philip had been a “rock” in the Queen’s life and had “steadfastly remained” at her side throughout their marriage.

“For his gifts and talents, for the benefits that his life brought to the lives of others, for his sense of duty and calling, and for his many evident and admirable qualities and attributes, we should give thanks and pray that he might be at peace, free from human frailty, and in new life with Christ,” the archbishop said.

He said the “love and prayers” of many from the Church in Wales would be with the Queen and her family following the duke’s death.


The Chairman of Gwynedd Council, councillor Edgar Owen, has expressed the council’s sympathy with Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family following today’s announcement of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Councillor Owen said: “We send our condolences to the Royal Family in their grief and pay tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh for a lifetime of public service and charity work. The Queen, their children and their families are in our thoughts today.”

As a mark of respect, the flag at Gwynedd Council’s headquarters in Caernarfon and all other council buildings will be flown at half-mast.