Following the announcement today of the sad passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Shailesh Vara MP said;
“HRH The Duke of Edinburgh gave a life of service to our nation and the Commonwealth. He led an extraordinary life, and was one of the few people still with us who served in the Second World War.
“Of his many achievements, one of the most visible is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which has helped and inspired generations of young people.
“I was privileged to meet him on a few occasions, and always found him to be warm, witty, and humorous.
“He gave steadfast support to Her Majesty the Queen for over seventy years and the nation’s condolences go out to Her Majesty and the Royal Family. May he rest in peace.”