End of an era: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh RIP

(above left) The Duke of Edinburgh in 2006 at Basra Air Station, Iraq, with the Commanding Officer and soldiers of the Queen’s Royal Hussars Battle Group

We are sorry to learn of the death of the Queen’s consort, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, earlier today at the age of 99.

The Duke was one of the last living links to a very different Britain that was still British, when we still manufactured some of the highest quality goods in the world, and when people could still leave their doors unlocked.

Moreover he was perhaps the last of a generation of VIPs who were unafraid of political incorrectness. Those of our readers in the Forces or ex-Forces will remember the Duke’s lifelong commitment to veterans and associated charities.

There will be much more to be said about the Duke’s life and connections – and a few surprises from the archives. But today is not the time for that. We send our condolences to HM The Queen.

Campaigning for the local government elections is likely to be suspended as a mark of respect. H&D editor Mark Cotterill will be in touch with campaign volunteers to inform them of any revised schedules.

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