The North East reacts to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh's death

His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh Credit: The Royal Family

People across the Tyne Tees region have been reacting to the news of the announcement that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has died, aged 99.

Many religious figureheads and institutions have paid tribute to Prince Philip and an area of reflection for His Royal Highness has been set up inside York Minster.

The Minster is currently open for individual, personal prayer.

The bells The Archbishop of York the Most Rev Stephen Cottrell expressed his sadness for "a remarkable man."

He said: "I join with many of you across the country as we mourn the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

"Prince Philip was a remarkable man who lived a life of service dedicated to his country, to his wife, Queen Elizabeth ll and his family. Having become the longest-serving British consort, Prince Philip has been unstinting in his support, leading her Majesty to famously comment 'he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years'."

The Rt Revd Paul Butler Bishop of Durham released a statement, offering words of condolence to the Royal family:

"He gave a lifetime of devoted public service. He was a distinguished young Lieutenant in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was outstanding as consort to The Sovereign. An exile as a baby from his native Greece, Prince Philip committed himself and his future to the United Kingdom. He is well remembered for his love of a wide range of sports, his sense of humour, and his long and devoted marriage to The Queen.

As one baptised in the Orthodox faith, Prince Philip shared in a truly global Christian faith..."

Former Prime Minister and Sedgefield MP Tony Blair offered a statement following the passing of the Prince:

“Our whole nation will be united in sadness at the passing of Prince Philip. He will naturally be most recognised as a remarkable and steadfast support to the Queen over so many years. However, he should also be remembered and celebrated in his own right as a man of foresight, determination and courage. He was often way ahead of his time in protection of the environment, in reconciliation between religious faiths and of course in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which remains one of the most innovative and effective programmes for the betterment of young people anywhere in the world.

My condolences and prayers and those of my family are with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family.”

Former Prime Minister and Sedgefield MP Tony Blair. Credit: PA

Chancellor of the Exchequer and Richmond MP Rishi Sunak remembers his 'dedication and duty' to the country.

Many of our councils and local authorities have also shared tributes online.

Emergency service crews and first responders across the region have shared the feeling of being "deeply saddened by the news" - with union flags lowered to half-mast as a sign of respect.

Tributes have also poured in from our region's football clubs, sending thoughts to Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the Royal family. Newcastle United posted a photo on social media of The Duke meeting players in a pitch line-up.

Over the decades, The Duke of Edinburgh came to the North East on many occasions - his visits often reflecting his own passions and interests.

For over 60 years, HRH Prince Philip fulfilled these roles, making friends and making headlines along the way.  

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