The Royal family announced just after 12pm that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the British monarch’s personal representative in each lieutenancy area of the United Kingdom.
Mrs Pyper said: “I am greatly saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. I have sent a message to The Queen today expressing my sincere condolences and those of the people of West Sussex at this sad time, and to assure her that she and all the members of the Royal Family are in our thoughts and prayers.
“Prince Philip’s contribution to this country and the monarchy has been immense. The Queen has described him as ‘her rock’. He has been a constant and trusted companion, support and adviser to her in both good and troubled times. His understanding of the role of the monarchy in an ever-changing society has encouraged it to change and adapt, without ever losing its dignity and sense of history.
“One of the Duke’s greatest and most enduring legacies is the Award Scheme that bears his name. Established in 1956, the Duke of Edinburgh Award continues to inspire and excite young people throughout the world to undertake challenges that contribute to their personal development in many ways.
“May he rest in peace.”