Tributes paid to HRH Duke of Edinburgh
Tributes have been paid following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.
The announcement was made by Buckingham Palace around lunchtime (today) and was met with shock and sadness from across the county.
Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said: “It is with enormous sadness that I learned earlier today of the passing of Prince Philip, a wonderful public servant who for decades served his Queen and country.
“He was a remarkable figure who provided tremendous support to Her Majesty the Queen and, like her, had a wonderful perspective on events at home and abroad through many decades of conscientious public service.
“His great love of rural life and his passion for horse-carriage driving meant that he was a regular visitor to Dumfries and Galloway.
“He will also be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave young people to achieve the most out of themselves through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programmes.
“Prince Philip had a lovely dry wit that often got him into a spot of bother although, in fairness, it endeared him to many also. My heartfelt condolences are with Her Majesty and all of the Royal Family.”
Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack said: “It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Prince Philip.
“Since her accession in 1952, the Duke has given the Queen his unstinting support and dedication. Their marriage was a true, and enduring partnership.
“As we reflect on the Duke’s life, we give thanks for his remarkable lifetime of dignity and devoted service, and extend our deepest condolences to the Royal Family.
“ He was an amazing man, a great character. I fear we will never see his like again.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent a message of condolence to Her Majesty The Queen.
Flags flew at half-mast on Scottish Government buildings and online Books of Condolence will open in the coming days.
The Royal Household has requested that members of the public do not leave floral tributes or gather at the Palace of Holyroodhouse or Balmoral Castle.
Campaigning for the May 6 Scottish Parliament election has been suspended.