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Tribute to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

All at the Fund are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh and send our condolences to our Patron Her Majesty The Queen and all the Royal Family at this sad time.

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Controller of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund paid tribute to the Duke’s incredible life of service, which began with the Navy during the Second World War. She said: "His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh understood only too well the call of duty, what it was to serve one's country. He was an example to us all.

"He was the President of the Guinea Pig Club and we were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness to the unveiling of a memorial to the Guinea Pig Club at the National Arboretum. The Guinea Pig Club were stoic and resilient in the face of great danger and adversity – qualities The Duke admired and shared."

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh talks to Wg Cdr (Retd) Robert Bryant Royal Air Force Club. Crown Copyright / Ministry of Defence. Courtesy of Air Historical Branch

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh meeting apprentices training at 2 School of Technical Traing at RAF Cosford, Shropshire, during a visit to the station on 8 July 1996. Crown Copyright / Ministry of Defence. Courtesy of Air Historical Branch

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HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall attend the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London in 2012. Image courtesy of the Press Association

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The cockpit of a Lightning two-seat trainer being viewed by HRH Prince Phillip during a tour of Coltishall, Suffolk, on 27 July 1973. Crown Copyright / Ministry of Defence. Courtesy of Air Historical Branch

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh climbs into the cockpit of a Queen's Flight Whirlwind helicopter on 23 August 1966. Crown Copyright / Ministry of Defence. Courtesy of Air Historical Branch

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, President of the Guinea Pig Club attends the unveiling of a memorial to the Guinea Pig Club at the National Arboretum. Image courtesy of Adrian Brooks/Imagewise

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