Duke and Duchess of Northumberland lead local tributes to Prince Philip

Tributes have been paid to Prince Philip following news of his death at the age of 99.

The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland said: “We were greatly saddened to hear the news of Prince Philip’s passing.

"Few people have had such a profound effect on so may people’s lives or lived such a long and interesting life, not only as the consort and mighty support to Her Majesty the Queen but through his many achievements; his involvement with the armed forces, his support for many charities, his creation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award which has inspired and will continue to inspire generations of children, and for his contribution to conservation and the environment, to name a few.

“On a personal note, we will miss his occasional visits, his huge charm and charisma, his powerful intellect, his inquisitive nature and his sometimes acerbic wit; attributes that he retained to a great age. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Family at this desperately sad time.”

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan added: “The death of the Duke of Edinburgh brings such sorrow to the nation.

"His was a life of commitment and service. To the Royal Navy, to the nation, the Commonwealth and the Royal Family, but perhaps most crucially as a firm and steadfast devotion to Her Majesty.

"His unwavering support became an integral part of all our lives. The Queen always spoke of him with such affection and pride, and I will hold her and the wider Royal Family in my prayers. We owe him a great debt of gratitude for an extraordinary life dedicated to others.”

In 2011, The Queen and Prince Phillip visited Alnwick to officially open the town’s Youth Hostel. They then attended a special party organised to recognise the efforts of Northumberland’s carers and volunteers at Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden before a brief town centre walkabout.

HRH Prince Philip with the Duke of Northumberland and George, Earl Percy, in Alnwick in June 2011. Picture by Jane Coltman

In earlier years the duke was a regular visitor to the Alnwick Country Fair to pursue his passion for carriage driving.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace earlier today.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

The duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch's side.

He was born in Corfu, Greece, on 10 June 1921.

During the First World War, Prince Philip's grandfather, Prince Louis of Battenberg, changed the family's name to Mountbatten.

The duke had a successful naval career, during which he saw active service in the Second World War.

The palace announced in May 2017 that the duke had decided to officially retire from public duties.

In March, the Duke of Edinburgh left hospital after a month-long stay for treatment.

He underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital - St Bartholomew's.

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