"His candour and his humour made many a serviceman and servicewoman chuckle on the countless visits that he made to the Armed Forces."
The Chief of the Defence Staff continued: "He cared deeply about the values, standards and sense of service embodied in the military ethos. He was an immensely popular figure, and he was hugely respected by us all."
General Sir Nick Carter added: "He completed nearly 14 years' active service with distinction. He was a gallant officer whose wartime career included escorting troops between Australia and Egypt and the Battle of Cape Matapan as part of the Mediterranean Fleet, for which he was Mentioned in Despatches for 'bravery and enterprise'. And he was present at the surrender of Japan in 1945.
"A life well lived, His Royal Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, steadfastness and an unshakeable sense of duty.
"From all of us who serve today and who have served, thank you. Our thoughts and goodwill are very much with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time."
Cover image: Prince Philip meeting Royal Marines cadets during his final public engagement in August 2017 (Picture: MOD).