Sad news today, Prince Phillip slipping away before he reached his 100th birthday. He was always there, occasionally letting slip a politically wrong sentence but we expected no less from him and laughed gently. And when they come to write his biography they will be there, those slips of speech, one of the 'old guard'. But he has been the Queen's consort for a very long time, doing his duty as she has with loyalty and dignity.
For a time early on in her reign he was the champion of the environment, he never quite had a place in changing things but his son Charles carried on the work.
It will be a great loss for the Queen, and my sympathy goes out to her but she has many great grandchildren too keep her amused and I am sure, for I can feel a pricking in my thumbs, that his passing will be mourned by thousands of people, even now as they bring flowers to Windsor Castle.