The Chairman expresses our sympathy on the sad loss of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

The Chairman of Kent County Council, Mr Graham Gibbens, has expressed the deepest sympathy of the Members and officers of Kent County Council on the sad passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke has been a constant source of support for Her Majesty The Queen during her reign and he has brought much to the UK and the commonwealth.

His ease and good nature with the public when visiting the county, and indeed the many other parts of the UK and the world, will be remembered by many, as will his good humour and love of sports.

Many young people have benefitted from The Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme, which offers many young people across the world the opportunity to gain the skills and experience to help them build confidence and resilience for their future.

We pay tribute to The Duke for his unwavering support and service to the United Kingdom and our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the Royal Family at this most difficult of times.

Graham Gibbens, Chairman of Kent County Council

The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Lady Colgrain, has expressed the profound sympathy of the people of the county on the sad death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness has been a loyal and devoted consort and a source of great strength to Her Majesty The Queen throughout their lifetime together.

The Duke has contributed so much to this nation and the Commonwealth and accompanied The Queen on all of her official overseas visits.

We remember his many visits to the county, both on his own and at Her Majesty’s side, chatting to the public and displaying an infectious sense of humour.

Many will remember him for The Duke of Edinburgh Awards which he founded in 1956.

This hugely successful scheme has proved to be life-enhancing for generations of young people across the UK and globally.

Many of Kent and Medway’s young people have benefitted from this scheme and discovered a whole new world of adventure and self-belief that might not have been available to them before.

His passion for science, engineering, sport, conservation and the environment saw him take on roles as Patron or President with over 750 organisations.

But it will be for the steadfast support that The Duke has given to Her Majesty throughout her reign that we will all reflect on and his lifetime of dedication and wise counsel.

Lady Colgrain, Lord-Lieutenant of Kent