I am sure that I, like the rest of North Herefordshire, am deeply saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

My thoughts and prayers are with our Queen at this most unhappy of times.

Prince Philip was a tremendous public servant, a naval hero during the Second World War and a figurehead for this country.

Most of all though, he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He accompanied the Queen to Hereford in the royal train where I was fortunate enough to meet him at Hereford Station.

He was witty amusing and very well briefed on our County.

All our thoughts are, of course, with the Royal Family, whom I hope find comfort in the sympathy, affection and support of the British people during this difficult time.