By Rachael Grealish
Cumbrian representatives have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Philip, after the announcement of his death.
HM Lord- Lieutenant for Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman led tributes to the Duke saying he was ‘known locally’ to Cumbrians as a ‘keen carriage driver, he was a regular competitor in our County’.
Mrs Claire Hensman said: “This is a day of great sadness as we mourn the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip, until his retirement from most public engagements at the remarkable age of 99, was the mainstay of our Royal Family and we can be very grateful for his enduring and positive influence on our national life.
“Perhaps he will be best remembered for the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme’, something he started in 1956 and which has gone from strength to strength and stood the test of time.
“It is a scheme that has enriched young people’s lives all over the world that is known and respected by millions, and with which he always maintained a very close involvement.
“The Duke was well known to us locally here in Cumbria: a keen carriage driver, he was a regular competitor in our County. His list of patronages also extends to a number of Cumbrian organisations, particularly the two Outward Bound Trust centres, which he visited regularly.
“The Duke will be greatly missed and our thoughts and sympathy are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult and painful time.”
Several Cumbrian MPs commented on the news, via social media, sending their condolences.
Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said: “Deeply saddened to hear about the death of Prince Philip.
“He gave enormous service to our country and the Duke of Edinburgh Award will continue to inspire millions of young people for many years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and the Royal Family.”
The MP for Penrith and the Border, Dr Neil Hudson, called it ‘very sad news’ in his tweet.
Very sad news. A life dedicated to public service and duty to country and the Commonwealth. Sincere condolences to The Queen and her family https://t.co/Qm0xSHA76J
— Neil Hudson (@DrNeilHudson) April 9, 2021
The Barrow and Furness MP, Simon Fell, said: “Such a sad day for us all. A tremendous life of service. May he rest in peace.”
Mark Jenkinson simply said: “Awful news,” while retweeting the Royal Family’s announcement.
Copeland’s MP, Trudy’s Harrison, reflected on the 2008 royal visit to the area during her condolences.
“HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will be fondly remembered by many across Copeland and Cumbria, and very sadly missed,” she said, “His multiple visits to Sellafield including opening the much loved Visitors Centre in 1988 and his time spent in the Lake District including an early visit to Bassenthwaite in 1976 signified his friendship with our people and his interest in energy, industry and the countryside.
“It was a particularly exciting day on Thursday, 5th June 2008 in Whitehaven when both the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited the town, and met with many locals especially school children at the Beacon Museum.
“Many recollections will be happening across the world today remembering close encounters and conversations with such a charismatic gentleman.
“I know I speak for all across Copeland in putting on record our immense gratitude to Prince Philip for his devotion to Queen, country and our county.”
Chair of Cumbria County Council, Councillor Christine Bowditch, recognised the Prince’s dedication not only to the country, but his life with the Queen.
“This is a day for national mourning as we come to terms with the death of Prince Philip,” she said, “Our thoughts are of course with HM Queen Elizabeth, who has long been supported and cared for by this most loyal and supportive of Husbands: a man who showed her, and our country, unswerving commitment.
“She was able to count on his companionship throughout all and it is thanks to this union that we have seen years of steady and dedicated leadership from our Monarch. The Duke will be sadly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with all those that had the pleasure to know him.”
UK leaders, such as the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury – among other representatives- have also paid tribute to the late Prince.