PRINCE Edward today said Philip “may have departed this world but his spirit lives on” in a touching tribute to his father.
The Earl of Wessex said the Duke of Edinburgh had a “unique ability to make a lasting impression” and was a person that “once met” was “never forgotten”.
Thanking those who have paid their respects, Edward wrote: “Reading just some of the wonderful memories you have shared about your experiences of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and, in some cases, of meeting my father, has been truly uplifting.
“I think I may have said once that he was a man that once met, never forgotten.
“He had a unique ability to make a lasting impression in a remarkably short time.
“I, like all my family, have a lifetime of lasting impressions, inspiration, shared passions and love.”
The Earl added: “He may have departed this world, but his spirit and ethos lives on through his Award, through each and every life touched, transformed, inspired; then, now and in the future.
“Thank you one and all for helping to create such an extraordinary tribute.”
On Sunday, Prince Edward spoke of his shock following Philip’s death last week.
Speaking outside church with a small group of Royals, he said: “It’s a bit of a shock.
“However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this, it’s still dreadful shock, and we’re trying to come to terms with that.
“It’s very, very sad.”