LivePrince Philip tributes LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon and other MSPs return to Scottish Parliament to pay tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

The Scottish Parliament will sit today, after being recalled for only the sixth time in its history, to show respect to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 10:26 am

Holyrood’s presiding officer, Ken Macintosh, announced on Friday that MSPs would be able to return to parliament to pay tribute to Philip with a motion of condolence from 11am on Monday.

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The Scottish Parliament will sit today after being recalled for only the sixth time in its history to show respect to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip tributes LIVE: Monday, April 12, 2021

Last updated: Monday, 12 April, 2021, 11:46

For so many, he has been part of a family that has provided comfort and stability in what can be a turbulent and intimidating world.

Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrats leader

Today is a moment to extend our thoughts to Prince Philip’s family, and to all those who are grieving for their loved ones, in a spirit of respect for the equal value of every human life.

Patrick Harvie, Scottish Greens co-leader

May I once again pay tribute the Duke of Edinburgh, to his life, and to his lasting contribution to our country. I express my condolences to everyone mourning his passing.

Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labour leader

He demonstrated huge commitment to the organisations that he championed.

Ruth Davidson

The Duke of Edinburgh was devoted to supporting the Queen. They were a true partnership.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

One minute silence begins

Tributes to Duke to be held in chamber from 11am

Holyrood’s presiding officer, Ken Macintosh, announced on Friday that MSPs would be able to return to parliament to pay tribute to Prince Philip with a motion of condolence from 11am on Monday.

On Friday, Mr Macintosh said: “I have this afternoon decided that the Parliament should be recalled to show our respect to the Duke of Edinburgh following today’s sad announcement.

“His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, lived a life dedicated to duty and public service and his support for this institution was clear.

“This is why I have taken the decision to recall in order that we may take the time to pause, remember and pay tribute to his work.”

Political campaigning suspended

All of the parties at Holyrood have temporarily suspended their campaigning for the upcoming election, as MSPs return to the chamber from around the country.

Some figures have suggested a further pause in campaigning on the day of Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17.

MSPs recalled for only 6th time in Holyrood's history

The Scottish Parliament will sit today after being recalled for only the sixth time in its history to show respect to the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Parliament has previously been recalled on January 4 to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic and for the death of first minister Donald Dewar, the death of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, for a ministerial statement on the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, and on December 30 last year for a Brexit debate.

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