The statement made by Sir John Major on 9 April 2021.
It is impossible to exaggerate the role that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has played in his lifetime of service to the Monarchy and to the United Kingdom.
A distinguished naval officer, he was – for over seventy years – the ballast to our Ship of State.
Modest to the core, and hating any kind of fuss or bother, he epitomised the British spirit and remained true to himself right up to the very end.
The outpouring of affection and sadness that will follow his loss would both surprise and embarrass him, but it will be real and heartfelt.
Our hearts go out to HM The Queen – and all members of the Royal Family – who have lost a much beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.