Editor's Viewpoint: Wishing Duke all the best as prepares for hip operation
Prince Philip has been such a constant presence at the Queen’s side for six decades that his absence in recent days was bound to lead to comment.
We now know he will undergo surgery today for a hip problem which he has approached with his usual pragmatism and lack of drama.
He has always been his own man even if his role meant he usually walked one step behind his wife.
His brusque sense of humour and occasional gaffe endeared him to many and displayed the sense of duty which ensured the monarchy remained at the heart of British society.
We wish him a speedy recovery.