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by Jack Thomson
12 April 2021
Scottish Parliament recalled to pay tribute to Prince Philip

Scottish Parliament recalled to remember Prince Philip (Iain Masterton/Alamy)

Scottish Parliament recalled to pay tribute to Prince Philip

The Scottish Parliament will be recalled this morning so MSPs can pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Political parties suspended their campaigning on Friday following Prince Philip's death at the age of 99. 

Flags outside Holyrood have been flown at half-mast as a mark of respect to the prince, who retired from public life in 2017. 

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh extended the parliament's condolences to the Queen and the Royal Family following the duke's passing, saying their "unwavering support" for the institution was "clear for all to see".

He confirmed plans to recall parliament on Friday evening.

Macintosh said: "I have decided to recall the Scottish Parliament on Monday at 11am so that members can pay their respects to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, who extended his friendship and support to the parliament from the outset. 

"Party leaders will be given the opportunity to speak to a motion of condolence."

The parliament will meet from 11am to 11.25am. The meeting will start with a minute's silence before considering a motion of condolence. 

This will see each of the party leaders make a short statement to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. 

The Presiding Officer will then bring the meeting to a close.

Campaigning is expected to resume tomorrow ahead of the parliament election next month. 

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