Prince Philip: Fife Provost sends personal message Queen on behalf of region

Fife Council's royal representative and the Provost have paid tribute to HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who has died at the age of 99.

Robert W Balfour, the Royal-appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Fife, has expressed a "profound feeling of gratitude" for the Duke's life of service.

Provost Jim Leishman MBE has said he intends to send a personal message of condolence to the Royal Family on behalf of the Kingdom.

Lord-Lieutenant Balfour said: "The people of Fife join with the whole country in being deeply saddened by the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

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Prince Philip (Pic: Royal Family/Twitter)

"There is a profound feeling of gratitude for his contribution to the life of the Nation.

“After active service in the Royal Navy, he gave a long lifetime of service to The Queen and country, offering his own contributions from a wide range of interests including science and technology, nature and environment, sport and industry.

"The Duke supported over 700 charities, but one of the most widely known and respected is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which has enriched the lives of generations of young people.

"On behalf of everyone in Fife, I send our sincere condolences to Her Majesty and the Royal Family."

Provost Leishman added: "I was very sad to hear about the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

"Prince Philip has visited Fife many times along with Her Majesty and showed great interest in local industry, culture and heritage.

"He has been a superb support to our Queen since her investiture in 1952 and is known particularly for his Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, which continues to transform the lives of young people.

"I will be sending a personal message of condolence from the people of Fife to Her Majesty today."

The Royal Family announced Prince Philip's death shortly after noon today.

The statement reads: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.

"Further announcements will made in due course.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."