POLITICAL parties in Redditch have paused canvassing today in respect to The Duke of Edinburgh who died aged 99 this morning.
Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups made the announcement after the Palace released a statement this afternoon.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” said the Palace spokesperson.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Redditch Labour leader Coun Bill Hartnett said: “My condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family on the sad news of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
“Redditch Labour Party have suspended canvassing as a mark of respect.”
Deputy leader of Redditch Conservatives, Coun Mike Rouse, said on Twitter: “Very saddened to hear about the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
“Of course, we will pause election activities across Redditch accordingly, and join with the nation in mourning and reflection. God Save The Queen.”
Mark Tomes, chair of Redditch Lib Dems, said: “We offer our heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip.
“As a mark of respect, we have suspended our campaigning.”
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean added: “I know the thoughts and prayers of everyone in Redditch will be with Her Majesty and all members of the Royal Family.
“What an incredible life of service and legacy to our nation. A true public servant and beloved husband.
“I think of the enormous numbers of young people who have completed Duke of Edinburgh Awards and had life-changing experiences they would never otherwise had.
“May He Rest In Peace.”
Worcestershire welcomed Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2012 at the opening of the Hive in Worcester.
As well as opening the landmark building in the heart of Worcester, a reception was held at the Guildhall for civic heads and charity chiefs from across the region.
After the reception, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh engaged in their traditional walkabout on the High Street speaking to hundreds of delighted members of the crowd.