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Senedd to be recalled to pay tribute to HRH Prince Philip – with election campaigning suspended as mark of respect

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The Senedd is being recalled on Monday 12 April to pay tribute to the life and service of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh who passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Flags are being flown at half-mast across all of the Senedd’s estate, and an online book of condolence will be opened for those who wish to pay their respects.

The Llywydd, Elin Jones MS, said: “The Prince gave many years of public service. This included active military service during the Second World War and the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award which has given hundreds of thousands of young people in Wales and beyond vital experiences and opportunities. The Senedd sends its condolences.”

Labour, Plaid Cymru, and the Conservatives have already suspended election campaigning activity as a mark of respect.

The Duke of Edinburgh

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has expressed his sadness on the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and offered condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family on behalf of the Welsh Government.

He 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.

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

Andrew RT Davies, the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd said: “This is a very sad day for the United Kingdom.

“The Duke of Edinburgh led a remarkable life, distinguished himself with his career in the Royal Navy, was the strength and stay to Her Majesty The Queen, and has left a legacy to the nation through the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

“Dutiful, devoted, and diligent, his like will never be seen again, and Welsh Conservatives offer their deepest condolences to The Queen, and the rest of the Royal Family.”

Adam Price, the Plaid Cymru leader said: “On behalf of Plaid Cymru, I send my condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family. Many young people in Wales will have benefited from the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, a reflection of many decades of his public service. Thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.”

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