Boris Johnson pays personal tribute to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

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Boris Johnson paid tribute to the His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh. Speaking from Downing Street the Prime Minister said “he helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”

Tributes have poured in as the news of the Duke's death broke this morning.

Boris Johnson's fiancee Carrie Symonds tweeted: "So very sad to hear of the passing of HRH, the Duke of Edinburgh. An incredible life devoted to the Queen his family and our country. Thoughts and prayers with Her Majesty and the Royal Family."

Catherine Woodhead, Chief Executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, a charity of which the Duke was for many years a patron, said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip.

"His dedicated patronage for so many years has been a precious asset in the fight against muscle-wasting conditions. Prince Philip had the kindness and foresight to lend his backing to a charity focused on what were then little known, poorly understood conditions.

She added: "The Duke’s backing remained an immense encouragement throughout his patronage, most recently hosting an event in 2016 at St James’s Palace.

“Through the decades, Prince Philip has helped to raise awareness and promote understanding of this vitally important cause. "

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"He met with a great many people and families who were encouraged by his understanding of their condition – not only the physical challenges they faced, but the emotional challenges for them and their families too.

He was also aware of the barriers that needed to be overcome to enable them to live well with muscular dystrophy. These moments and memories of his wholehearted support will be cherished for many years to come.

“Muscular Dystrophy UK will remain forever grateful to our Patron, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.”

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London mayor Sadiq Khan said he extended his deepest sympathies to Her Majesty the Queen, adding: "Today we mourn the loss of an extraordinary man, who devoted his life to public service and helping others.

"Not only did His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh devote 70 years to undertaking royal duties, but he fought for Britain – and the freedoms we hold dear – during the Second World War."

BGT judge Piers Morgan added his own tribute on Twitter, saying: "A truly great Briton who dedicated his life to selfless public duty & was an absolute rock of devoted support to Her Majesty, The Queen, as the longest-serving royal consort to any British sovereign. A very sad day for our country. Thank you, Sir."

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His former GMB co-host Susanna Reid tweeted: "Sad news about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. Such a huge loss for the Queen and his family. His has been her constant, steadfast support."

Piers's old sparring partner, Apprentice host Lord Sugar added his own tribute, saying: 'Very sad to hear that the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip has passed away. My thoughts are with HRH & the Royal family. R.I.P"

Carol Vorderman posted her own recollections of a lunch she enjoyed with The Queen and Prince Philip: "They were both in their 80s," she wrote, "and Prince Philip and [The Queen] were flirting with each other madly and laughing. Theirs was a love and a marriage of more than 73 years. Deepest condolences Ma'am."

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