A deserved retirement for Queen's tower of strength
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has officially retired at the age of 96 after 65 years of royal engagements. Apart from his wife the Queen, it is a period of public service unlikely to be equalled.
But even more than the length of duty, it was the manner in which he performed his role that endeared him to so many. He had an irrepressible twinkle in his eyes and a tendency for gaffes which humanised the stiff formality of so many royal occasions.
A man's man in private but a dutiful consort in public, he was an undoubted tower of strength for the Queen in her record-breaking reign. He will no doubt greatly enjoy his retirement.