The death of the Duke of Edinburgh brings such sorrow to the nation. His was a life of commitment and service. To the Royal Navy, to the nation, the Commonwealth and the Royal Family, but perhaps most crucially as a firm and steadfast devotion to Her Majesty. His unwavering support became an integral part of all our lives. The Queen always spoke of him with such affection and pride, and I will hold her and the wider Royal Family in my prayers. We owe him a great debt of gratitude for an extraordinary life dedicated to others.
Tomorrow as we celebrate his life and mourn his passing, the nation is invited to join together in a minute of silent reflection at 15:00 to pay our respects to His Royal Highness.