Flags across Epping Forest are flying at half-mast in respect of the Duke of Edinburgh who has passed away aged 99.

Buckingham Palace announced just after midday on Friday that Prince Philip, husband of the Queen, had died peacefully at Windsor Castle earlier in the day.

The Duke, who had recently spent one month in hospital, was two months away from celebrating his 100th birthday.

In light of his death, tributes have come in from around the world with the Commonwealth mourning the loss of the royal.

Wellwishers flocked to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to play flowers - although the Royal Family has urged people to consider donating to a charity of their choice rather than gather at memorials, due to the ongoing coronavirus regulations.

The Duke pictured with the Queen. Credit: PA

The Duke pictured with the Queen. Credit: PA

Among those paying tribute to the Duke were councillors and staff at Epping Forest District Council.

The flags have been flying at half-mast at the council's civic offices and at North Weald Airfield.

The town mayor of Epping, Cllr Grahame Scruton, also paid his respects, saying: "It was with much sadness that we received the news that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.

"Most of us will not have known life without His Royal Highness who has contributed so much to the world we know today and been the Queen’s strength and stay for so many years. He will remain such a key part of our history.

"On behalf of the councillors and staff at Epping Town Council, I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this extremely sad and difficult time."

The Duke pictured hosting the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in 2017. Credit: PA

The Duke pictured hosting the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in 2017. Credit: PA

North Weald Parish Council opened an online book of condolence, and confirmed meetings on Monday and Tuesday have been postponed.

Dame Eleanor Laing, MP for Epping Forest, retweeted a series of tributes to the Duke on her Twitter platform, including from political leaders Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, and Ed Davey.

In a speech outside Downing Street, the Prime Minister described Prince Philip as a "much-loved and highly respected" public figure.

He offered his condolences to the Queen, married to the Duke for more than 70 years, and said his thoughts were with her and the rest of her family.