Information follwoing the death of HRH Prince Philip
13th April 2021


nformation following the Death of

HRH The Prince Philip


Letters of Condolence


You will appreciate that Buckingham Palace will be receiving many letters of condolence from individuals, organisations and local authorities and the capacity to acknowledge them all will be limited.  However, if you wish to send a letter then it should be sent to:


Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell,

Private Secretary to His late Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh,

Buckingham Palace,

London,  SW1A 1AA


Letters can ask for condolences to be passed to Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family, but do bear in mind that only one letter of condolence should be sent, whether it’s from  Mayor or Leader, or jointly, but just the one letter.

Looking on the internet it is clear that many Councils posted very warm and appropriate messages on their websites when The Duke’s death was announced.  Those messages were all the better because they were each individual expressions of sadness.  The same will apply to letters of condolence.  The value is greater when it is an individual expression from the writer, rather than something based on a standard format.


Digital Image of The Queen and Her Majesty’s 95th Birthday


Earlier this month NACO sent its members details of how their Councils could obtain digital images for use on their websites and social media in connection with Royal birthdays this year.

The Queen’s 95th birthday will fall during the period of Court mourning and so will necessarily be marked more quietly than would otherwise have been the case.  There has been no formal guidance issued but as things stand, if Councils wish to post a message of good wishes to The Queen on the occasion of Her Majesty’s birthday, then that remains an opportunity.  You can still apply for a digital image if you have not done so and the way in which to do that is set out in the last Newsletter on this subject.

On previous birthdays and anniversaries the Palace has issued special photographs to mark the occasion.  Should that happen this time then you should be aware that copies of that special birthday image will NOT be available for our use.  It is restricted exclusively to Buckingham Palace and to national newspapers and broadcasters for a very limited period around the birthday itself. 

For local authorities the options are either to apply for the free digital image or one of the other images from the Royal Images Library for which a charge is made, as detailed on the website


If you are purchasing images then you will need to state:

Image(s) required -
Size required –
Type of finish (print only, mounted print or framed print) -
Invoice address
Delivery address (if different) -
Phone number (a mobile number is best for courier tracking updates) -
Preferred method of payment (by invoice, bank transfer or card payment via a link)


Please Note:

Members are reminded that the Message Board on the NACO website is public and questions on any matters relating to sensitive subjects should be restricted and queries raised in the first instance through


Jim Babbington

Vice Chair, NACO

13 April 2021



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