It is sad news to hear that His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away peacefully, aged 99.
His presence and connections across the Windsor constituency and the country were known to most of us and his extraordinary life served as a shining example of what such dedication to duty and public service can achieve.
From his heroic service for his country during the Second World War, to his role in inspiring millions of young people to value and appreciate the outdoors with the founding the Duke of Edinburgh award, Prince Philip dedicated his life to the service of the United Kingdom and her people.
The Duke will also be remembered for his crucial role in supporting the monarchy and helping guide this ancient institution through the ups and downs of the 20th Century, ensuring that this vital part of our national life and constitution remains for generations to come.
Above all we will remember his unwavering support for Her Majesty the Queen both personally, as her husband, and publicly as her consort. As I was often lucky enough to witness myself, he was always by her side for more than 70 years, ensuring public appearances ran smoothly, come rain or shine.
In this sad time for Britain, the nation’s thoughts must turn to Her Majesty and her family as we together mourn the loss of a distinguished public servant, a much-loved national figure, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Across the Windsor constituency the Royal Family is held in particularly high affection and the Duke of Edinburgh was no exception. He will be sorely missed by everyone, not least by those many charities and good causes of which he was patron.
So today, right across Windsor and the country, our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and our condolences go out to her and the family.
Yet, we must also give thanks, and rejoice, in the extraordinary life, work, and achievements of Prince Philip, who brought so much colour to so many lives.
Adam Afriyie MP, Member of Parliament for the Windsor Constituency.