Thurrock Council shares the sentiments of loss and sadness felt across the world at the announcement of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
The Mayor of Thurrock is sending a letter of condolence to Her Majesty The Queen on behalf of the members and officers of Thurrock Council and the residents of Thurrock.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Terry Piccolo said: "It is a sad day for the nation and I offer my condolences to the royal family on behalf of our Thurrock family at this difficult time.
"Many of our older residents may remember Prince Philip's visits to our borough in 1960, when he opened the Thurrock Technical College in Little Thurrock and again in 1981 when he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on a visit to Grays."
During the mourning period, flags will be flown at half-mast at the Civic Offices, Grays and in Tilbury Civic Square.
The Royal Family has asked the public not to gather or lay floral tributes at Royal Residences at this time. Instead they recommend that messages of condolence are left in the online book of condolence. Or you may wish to make a donation to a charity of your own choice or to one of the charities of which HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was a patron.
Full official announcements from Buckingham Palace are provided at royal.uk.