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HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

“We are greatly saddened to hear of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh and on behalf of Dudley Council and the people of Dudley borough I would like to send sincere condolences to the royal family at this time.  

“This is a difficult time for us as a nation, with many families dealing with their own private sorrow as loved ones are lost during this pandemic. We can continue to be a nation united, supporting one another where we can, being responsible, keeping safe and reducing the burden on our remarkable NHS colleagues as much as we can.”

“The Duke of Edinburgh served as Queen’s consort for 70 years, dedicating his life to public service and the borough is privileged to have welcomed the Duke of Edinburgh on two occasions during the Duke’s lifetime. He first visited with the Queen in 1957 as part of a tour of Staffordshire and Worcestershire and in 1977 as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

 

“As a mark of respect, we are flying the Union Flag at half mast. An online book of condolence is now available at www.royal.uk to leave tributes to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh we ask that people do not lay floral tributes. Buckingham Palace is suggesting that people make charitable donations in lieu of flowers during this challenging time for the nation.’

Kevin O'Keefe 

Chief Executive, Dudley Council  

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh’s visits to Dudley borough

The Duke of Edinburgh visited Dudley borough twice during the Queen’s reign.

The first visit by the royal couple was in April 1957 as part of a tour of Staffordshire and Worcestershire, covering eleven towns in the Midlands including Halesowen, Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Dudley, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, Hagley, Kidderminster and Worcester.

 

The day included a tour of a Brierley Hill glassworks, an open topped drive through Stourbridge’s Mary Stevens Park, lunch at Dudley Town Hall and a visit to the famous forge of Walter Somers Ltd., where, among many operations, they witnessed the forging of great crankshafts for ocean-going vessels.

The couple were cheered by thousands of people along the route, with massive crowds waiting patiently and cheering patriotically at Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, at Priory Street as she visited Dudley Council House and in Halesowen as the royal car left the borough. 

The royal couple returned on 27 July 1977 as part of the celebrations to mark her Silver Jubilee with a visit to the Council House, Dudley, where they met the Mayor of Dudley Councillor Jim Taylor, and other officials while crowds lined the streets. This was part of a nationwide tour of the country, which saw the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh go to 36 counties across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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