WATCH: Stephen Leckie offer his condolences on behalf of Perth and Kinross
Buckingham palace announced at noon today (April 9) the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip. He passed away in the early hours of the morning in Windsor Castle.
Lord lieutenant for Perth and Kinross, Stephen Leckie, said: “I have just written to the queen, expressing our sorrow and sincere condolences about the sad news we heard this morning.
“I wrote and write on behalf of all the people in Perth and Kinross and the 13 deputy lieutenants who work with me on behalf of the left tendency of Perth and Kinross. I said, we are so very sorry to hear the bad news this morning.
“And our thoughts would remain with the queen and her family. His Royal Highness Prince Phillip was thought of very highly for everything he has done for our country. And for good reason, he was given the freedom of the city of Perth back in 2012.
“He left a great legacy in so many ways. The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, for example, has been enjoyed by so many its approach carries the epitome of the British spirit. We are all very sorry.”
The country has now entered a state of mourning and broadcasters are paying their respects throughout the day and coming weekend.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “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.”