Books of condolence - where you can pay your respects to The Duke of Edinburgh

An area of reflection at York Minster Credit: ITV News

Many organisations have set up a virtual 'book of condolence' for people to share their tributes, after the news of the announcement that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has died, aged 99.

Plans in place for the mourning of Prince Philip following his death have been adjusted owing to the coronavirus pandemic. There will be no lying in state and no state funeral, in accordance with his wishes, but Covid-19 restrictions mean even more traditions will not be followed.

Due to lockdown restrictions, many books of condolences and areas to mark resepct are being set up online. We have gathered a list below, of places you can go to pay your respects in our region.


Hartlepool Civic Centre

Hartlepool Borough Council has opened two Books of Condolence to enable people to record their thoughts and memories.

One book, in the reception area of Hartlepool Civic Centre, will be open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 4.30pm on Friday. They're asking people to wear a facemask, social distance and use hand sanitiser.

There is also an online version.

Redcar & Cleveland Council

Tributes to Prince Philip are being taken via email, at Condolences@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk


Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral will be holding a prayer for the Duke of Edinburgh at 5:15pm this evening (9th April).

They also rang their bells 99 times in his memory, which you can watch here.

York Minster

York Minster is open for private prayer, and to light a candle in rememberance, from 3.30pm until 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 2.15pm until 4pm on Sundays from today until 18 April.

An evening service will be held at 5:30pm.

On Sunday, an 11am Eucharist and 4pm Evening Prayer, in memory of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, will take place. Both services will be livestreamed here.

They have also said floral tributes can be brought to Dean’s Park where they will be placed close to the Five Sisters Window. 

The Church of England are also collecting tributes on their website.

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral is also offering an online book of condolences and paid tribute to Prince Philip saying "in this Easter week, we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

"It is with hope and confidence that we pray for the soul of Prince Philip, commending him to God’s safe and sure keeping."


The Royal Family have also set up a book of condolence on their own website.

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