Prince Philip death: Redbridge pays tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

File photo dated 06/07/17 of the Duke of Edinburgh attending the Presentation Reception for The Duke

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 99 - Credit: PA

Tributes have been paid to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, after his death aged 99.

Prince Philip visited Valentines Mansion in Ilford in March 2012 with the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Valentines Park and Mansion for the London Pride Art and Design exhibition as part of the Diamond Jubilee regional tour in 2012. - Credit: PA

Keith Prince, who was leader of Redbridge Council at the time, recalled meeting him and the Queen that day.

He told the Recorder: "He was absolutely fabulous, such a lovely guy.

Cllr Alan Weinberg took the Queen and Prince Philip on a tour of the Allotment Project in Redbridge

Cllr Alan Weinberg took the Queen and Prince Philip on a tour of the Allotment Project in Redbridge Lane West, Wanstead on a previous visit.. - Credit: Archant

"I thought he was just brilliant.

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Prince Philip visiting Redbridge Food Futures Project in May 2012. - Credit: Archant

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"He had such a fantastic sense of humour and of course it was that day that he made that famous comment to a gentleman in a wheelchair and asked him 'How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?"

The comment was made to David Miller, who was driving a mobility scooter outside Valentines Mansion.

A member of the public leaves flowers outside Buckingham Palace, London, following the announcement

A member of the public leaves flowers outside Buckingham Palace, following the announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99. - Credit: PA

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Keith added: "He was a true gent and my thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and her family."

Ian Bond, who was deputy leader at the time, escorted Prince Philip through the exhibit put on by Valentines Mansion and recalled: "He was good company, and had the attitude of someone had seen it all and was focused on extracting some humour and amusement from the whole thing. 

"Which when you are 90 years old, seems fair enough to me."

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting said: “This is a day of enormous sadness for our country and the whole community will want to join me in sending our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

File photo dated 21/10/51 of the then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh watching a 'stamp

A picture from 1951 of then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh watching a 'stampede' rodeo staged especially for them in Calgary, Alberta, during their tour of Canada. - Credit: PA

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s long and extraordinary life was one of outstanding service to our country and devotion to the Queen.

"For decades, the Duke of Edinburgh Award has inspired young people across our country and throughout the world. We give thanks for his long life of service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”

File photo dated 26/11/03 of Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke of Edinburgh as she made the Queen's S

Tributes have come in following the Duke of Edinburgh's death. - Credit: PA

Ilford South MP Sam Tarry said: "Our thoughts and prayers, from all of us in Ilford are with Her Majesty the Queen at this difficult time."

Council leader Jas Athwal said he was deeply saddened to hear the news and recalled the visit from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2012.

"The Duke's career representing this nation, his service in the Royal Navy and his extraordinary commitment and devotion to the Queen will live long in our collective memories.

"He was able to help and inspire so many young people with the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

"Local people will fondly remember the Duke’s last visit to Redbridge in 2012 to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee.

"Our deepest condolences are with the Royal Family and all of those grieving the Duke's death."

The flag at Redbridge Town Hall will remain at half mast. 

Redbridge Council has created an online book of condolences for anyone who lives or works in Redbridge can sign and pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh which will be printed into a condolence book.

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