Orange Order halls fly flag at half mast to respect Duke of Edinburgh
Flags on Orange Order halls have been placed at half mast after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
In a Tweet the order says: “Union flags flying at half mast on Orange Halls as a mark of respect following the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh ”
A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said: “The death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has caused widespread sadness.
“The Orange Institution is loyal to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family and, at this time of great sorrow, the membership felt this simple gesture of flying the Union flag at half-mast was appropriate.
“Throughout the country, Orange halls are focal points for community activity and engagement and it is fitting that they can be used in this way to illustrate our community’s solidarity with our Sovereign at this time.”
And earlier in a statement, Grand Master Edward Stevenson paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh on behalf of members of the Orange Institution across Ireland.
The Grand Master said: “Members of the Orange Institution were deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of HRH Prince Philip.
“His legacy will be one of service and loyalty having tirelessly served our nation as consort for 73 years.
“His dedication and support to our Sovereign Queen Elizabeth was unwavering, and despite ill health and ageing years, he fulfilled his duty as her most trusted aide until the end.
“As one of the last of that great generation who answered the call when our nation found itself at war, Prince Philip was a decorated veteran whose distinguished service in the Royal Navy commands our gratitude and respect.
“His later involvement with countless charities and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme further illustrates an amazing commitment to community service and development.
“As an Institution, our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the entire Royal Family at this time. We trust and pray that they will know God’s comfort and grace as they mourn the loss of a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.”
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