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Prince Philip: A man of great charisma and personality in his own right

Although he often remained in the background during royal visits here, on the occasions I met the Duke I was very impressed by his good humour and sense of duty

The Duke of Edinburgh visited Northern Ireland many times during his years of service, and I have clear memories of two of those occasions.

The first was in August 1977 when Her Majesty came here for the first time in 11 years as part of her Silver Jubilee celebrations, and it was a fraught occasion.

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