Headline: A forces tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and his life of service

Our city, country and the world is in mourning at news that Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away peacefully on Friday.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 10:34 am
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 12:02 pm

It is a shock although not entirely unexpected that Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh has died.

This, for me, is very sad news.

My thoughts are with our Queen and the Royal family.

Flowers in front of a photograph of Britain's Prince Philip outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England after the announcement regarding the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Friday, April 9, 2021. Buckingham Palace officials say Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died. He was 99. Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

I’m sure we all have an opinion of the prince and sure after the last few days of coverage we are all better informed of his life.

A lot of Prince Philip's direct and sometimes not subtle terminology reminds me of my time in the Armed Forces where fluffing up remarks made to others isn’t always the military way. Many ex-service man and women will understand what I mean.

Also the Duke of Edinburgh Award founded in 1956 which "is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future".

"As many of our participants say, it's life-changing. Achieving an award will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job," the Duke said of the award. My affinity and admiration of the Duke comes from him being a proud member of the Armed Forces - he served with distinction in the Royal Navy during the Second world War, as did his son Prince Andrew in the Falklands War, 39 years ago. And more recently Harry served in Afghanistan on two tours of duty in 2008 and 2012.

The Duke, who served his King and then Queen and country for the vast majority of his life, risked his own life in the process.