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Date: 09 Apr 2021
The Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Frank McCoubrey has expressed his enormous sadness at the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Alderman McCoubrey said: “My thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen who has lost not only a loving husband, but a faithful consort who has remained by her side for more than 70 years, supporting Her Majesty in her Royal duties.
“Theirs has been a partnership both strong and enduring, sharing in the nation’s triumphs and adversities along the way.
“While the Queen may be a public figure and the head of the monarchy, she is also a wife, a mother and grandmother, and this is a deeply personal loss for her, their children, grandchildren and great-children, and indeed the entire Royal family circle.
“As a city, we send our condolences to Her Majesty at this time, and trust that she will buoyed by the outpouring of love and support that the nation has expressed at this time of great sadness.”
A book of condolence has been opened and can be signed at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/condolences