Today we have heard the sad news of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. At age 99, Prince Philip was the longest- serving royal consort in British History. He was husband to the Queen for 73 years and a well-known figure in public life for two-thirds of a century.

Beginning as a naval cadet in 1939, he served his country in wartime and in peacetime. When Her Majesty ascended the throne, The Duke ended his military service and became her constant support.

He was a man of great purpose and conviction who was motivated by a sense of duty to others, including his country and The Commonwealth.

Jon Cruddas MP: "I was saddened to hear of the death of Prince Philip. I want to pay tribute to his dedication to serving our nation. Service that included his active duty in the Royal Navy during World War 2 in the defeat of Nazism.

My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family."