Prince Philip meeting Royal Marines cadets during his final public engagement 020817 CREDIT MOD
Prince Philip

Prince Philip: UK Defence Chief Pays Tribute

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday morning at Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip meeting Royal Marines cadets during his final public engagement 020817 CREDIT MOD

The Chief of the Defence Staff has paid tribute to Prince Philip, who has died aged 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday morning at Windsor Castle.

General Sir Nick Carter said: "It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh this morning.

"His Royal Highness has been a great friend, inspiration and role model for the Armed Forces and he will be sorely missed.

"The Duke of Edinburgh served among us during the Second World War, and he remained devoted to the Royal Navy and the Armed Forces as a whole.

"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."

In pictures: Prince Philip with the military.

While Prince Philip held a number of honorary military titles during his lifetime, he also had a distinguished active service career.

The Duke served for more than a decade in the Royal Navy, including in the Second World War when he was mentioned in dispatches.

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).