Lindsay Hoyle MP pays tribute to Prince Philip's 'selfless service' as Parliament is recalled
The Speaker of the House of Commons and Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh following his death today at the age of 99.
Sir Hoyle said: "This is obviously a very sad day for Her Majesty, the Royal Family and the whole country."
Parliament will be recalled from its Easter recess on Monday, a day earlier than scheduled, to allow MPs and peers to pay tribute following the Prince's death.
"The Duke of Edinburgh has given his unwavering support to The Queen, both as a husband and as a consort," said Sir Hoyle.
"Described by Her Majesty as 'my constant strength', he served this country too, first with distinction during the Second World War and selflessly throughout eight decades during peacetime.
"Prince Philip has performed wide-ranging official roles, carrying out thousands of engagements and overseas visits on behalf of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
"He will be remembered for his loyal devotion to service and his leadership of hundreds of ideals and causes close to his heart.
"Most notably, of course, is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award which helps millions of young people around the world to achieve their full potential as team members and future leaders in their chosen fields.
"His was a long life that saw so much dedication to duty.
"Today we must pause to honour him and to offer our sincerest thanks for the Prince's devout faithfulness to our country - and all the nations shall miss him greatly."