Navy chief pays tribute to Prince Philip’s ‘zeal and great charm’
The head of the Royal Navy has paid a touching tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh as “a close friend to the service for over eight decades”.
Philip had close ties with the Royal Navy throughout his life, from serving during the Second World War to becoming the service’s Lord High Admiral on his 90th birthday.
The First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, said in a video message that he feels “immensely saddened” and remembered the duke’s “strong character, zeal and great charm”.
Sir Tony said: “His connection with the naval service spanned his life, from his evacuation from Greece in HMS Calypso at just 18 months old, up to his final public engagement at the Royal Marines parade at Buckingham Palace in 2017.
“His genuine empathy, affection and engagement with the Royal Navy resonated with us all.”
He added: “Despite his increasing public profile, Prince Philip remained first and foremost a naval officer, neither seeking nor being awarded any special privileges for his position in the Royal Family.”