Nicola Sturgeon – 2021 Statement Following Death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The statement made by Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, on 9 April 2021.

On behalf of the people of Scotland, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the royal family.

Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time and their grief is shared by people across the country.

The Duke of Edinburgh had deep and longstanding ties to Scotland, attending school here at Gordonstoun and regularly holidaying at Balmoral Castle.

From his patronage of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, to his close association with the University of Edinburgh as Chancellor for over 50 years and his commitments to countless charities and organisations, Prince Philip’s long contribution to public life in Scotland will leave a profound mark on its people.

Online Books of Condolence will open in the coming days to allow people to pay their respects. In line with current restrictions, the royal household has requested that members of the public do not leave floral tributes or gather at the Palace of Holyroodhouse of Balmoral Castle at this time.

The Palace has suggested that people could donate to charity instead, if they wish to do so.