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Paying tribute to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, DUP Leader and First Minister Arlene Foster MLA said,

"In a speech marking her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 Her Majesty the Queen described her husband as her "constant strength and guide" and there is no doubt that his has made an immeasurable contribution to our Monarchy and our nation. Prince Philip has been that source of strength as a husband for nearly 75 years and for nearly 70 as the longest serving consort to a British monarch.

He was forthright, intelligent and forward-thinking; serving as patron to some 800 organisations and leaving his most lasting legacy through the Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme.

Again, the words of Her Majesty the Queen sum up his lifetime of service, that we "owe him a debt greater than he will ever claim, or that we will ever know"

DUP Deputy Leader and Peer, Nigel Dodds said,

Throughout his life, Prince Philip exemplified the qualities of duty, sacrifice and service to country and to Commonwealth and all carried out with great humanity and great humour."

Long before there was public attention on issues relating to our environment, Prince Philip was a founder of the World Wildlife Fund. That involvement, commencing in 1961, becoming international president in 1981 stands testament to his foresight and service.

We here in Northern Ireland take pride too that Northern Ireland boasts the highest participation levels in his other crowning achievement, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.

DUP Chairman Lord Morrow said, "

"Prince Philip served our nation first in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and then through a lifetime of public service within the Royal family.

Kneeling before the Queen at the Coronation service he promised to be her "liege man of life and limb". There can be no doubt that he fulfilled that role but also accomplished so much in his own right also.

Our thoughts and prayers, alongside those from across our country and around the world are with Her Majesty the Queen and the entire Royal family at this time.