Tributes pour in on social media for Prince Philip from across Wigan
The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Celebrities, sports clubs and ordinary members of the public in Wigan are amongst those who have taken to social media to pay tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh following his death.
Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.
The duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.
He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.
Amongst those reacting was Wigan Athletic, who tweeted: "All at Wigan Athletic are saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh."
Amongst the other sports club to pass on their condolences were Wigan Warriors, who tweeted: "Everyone at Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family."
Former Coronation Street star and Wigan actress Kym Marsh also reacted and tweeted: "RIP H.R.H Prince Philip. So sad. Thoughts are with the Royal family."
Emergency services including Greater Manchester Police (GMP, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service also paid tribute.
GMP tweeted: "Everyone at @gmpolice offers our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen & the Royal Family. His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, served our country with dedication. May he rest in peace."
NWAS tweeted: "We are deeply saddened to hear that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away. On behalf of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, we’d like to send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family during this difficult time."
Lancashire Fire tweeted: "It is with great sadness that the country today learns of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We stand together as a country to mourn this death and extend our condolences to the @RoyalFamily."
Other tweets included the following:
Greater Manchester West scouts said: Thank-you for your service to our Country, in particularly to young people by setting up @DofE awards allowing your people to gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience!"
Luke Marsden, who starred in reality TV show Big Brother in 2008 and lives in Whelley, tweeted: "Incredibly sad news about Prince Philip. We’ll never see another like him #PrincePhilip."
Standish councillor Adam Marsh added: "Absolutely awful news about the death of Prince Philip. Truly the end of an era. RIP"
And Wigan Today readers have also taken to Facebook to pay their respects.
Wendy Harrison said: "Sending heartfelt condolences to all the Royal Family, god bless."
Sharon Williams posted: "Rest in Peace."
Julie Ann Smith said: "RIP".
Doreen Marsh added: "RIP Prince Philip".
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