Tamworth has been paying tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Buckingham Palace confirmed his death this morning at the age of 99.
In a short statement, the palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
In Tamworth, flags have been lowered to half-mast from the top of Marmion House and Tamworth Castle and will remain as such until the day after the funeral.
Andrew Barratt, Chief Executive of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We are deeply saddened on receiving the official announcement of the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and we extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.
“We know our sadness is shared by people across the world as we remember the longest serving consort in British history with affection.
“The people of Tamworth will now come together as a town and community for an official eight-day period of mourning during which we will pay tribute to His Royal Highness and his incredible service to the country over many years.
“Sadly due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and our need to continue to reduce the spread of infection as our first priority, it means that we will not be able to mark this death in the way we would want to.
“There will of course be opportunities for people to pay their respects, but these will primarily be at home and online.
“The book of condolence will be online and this will be made available via the official Royal Family website at http://www.royal.uk, where more details will be released in the coming days.”
Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher added: “We will never see Prince Philip’s like again. He dedicated his entire life to service – service to his Queen, his country and the causes he held dear.
“Our thoughts today must be with Her Majesty Queen and the Royal Family as we mourn the death of a devoted and inspirational husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.”