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Dickson: Dhaka-London ties wide, deep

  • Published at 12:26 pm April 12th, 2021
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File photo of British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson Courtesy

The UK has now entered a period of national mourning that will last until 0800 on April 18

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson on Monday said the ties between Bangladesh and the United Kingdom (UK) are wide and deep.

He said they will continue to work with Bangladesh in the spirit of steadfast friendship embodied by "His Royal Highness."

"I am grateful to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and to the people of Bangladesh for your kind messages of support and condolence at this time," Dickson said. 

On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. "Our thoughts and condolences are with The Queen and the Royal Family during this sad time."

The funeral will take place at St George's Chapel, Windsor on April 17 at 1500 UK time.

The service will begin with a minute's silence across the UK at 1500 UK time and will be a Ceremonial Royal Funeral, the form of funeral that was held for Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother in 2002.

The UK has now entered a period of national mourning that will last until 0800 on April 18. 

Flags will be flown at half-mast across the UK Government buildings during this time, said the British High Commission.

Given the current public health situation, physical "Books of Condolence" will not be available for the public to sign at the British High Commission in Dhaka.

Members of the public wishing to express their condolences are welcome to send a message to the Royal Family via the online Book of Condolence on this website: www.royal.uk/books-condolence, said the high commissioner. 

"As the Prime Minister has said, we are a nation united in both grief and gratitude. Grief at Prince Philip's passing, and gratitude for his lifetime of dedicated service to our country," Dickson said. 

He said: "Whether as a naval hero, as the creator of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, or as Her Majesty's loyal consort; his legacy is felt by millions at home, across the Commonwealth, and around the world."

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