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Charming, sharp as a tack – and the sort of man who would know what to do in a bear attack.
These are just some of the ways in which people are describing Prince Philip following his death, at the age of 99.
After Buckingham Palace announced the news on Friday morning, those who had met the Duke of Edinburgh began sharing memories and anecdotes about the Queen’s husband.
Described as having a “twinkle in his eye”, the duke was famed for his off-the-cuff remarks, which ranged from the quick-witted and funny to the politically incorrect.
He was also known as the Queen’s beloved companion, with one person remembering a lunch in which he “flirted madly” with his wife.
Here are some of the best tributes, memories and anecdotes to Philip:
GB News presenter Colin Brazier said Philip was “fun” and “down to earth”:
I had the pleasure of enjoying a joke and a drink with Prince Philip once. He was great fun, down to earth and shar… https://t.co/wpD1MWqc4u — Colin Brazier (@Colin Brazier)
American singer Sheila Ferguson said it was “an honour” dining with him:
It was an honour to have met and dined with you. R.I.P. dear Prince. 🌹🌹🌹
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has… https://t.co/x548oyEyt2 — Sheila Ferguson 3° (@Sheila Ferguson 3°)
Journalist Tom Peck remembered a time that he shared a drink with Philip, describing him as “very charming”:
He met me once. He drank two pints then drove off with the Queen in the passenger seat. He was very charming. — Tom Peck (@Tom Peck)
While Carol Vorderman recalled a lunch she had with him, when he and the Queen were apparently “flirting madly”.
I went for a private lunch with The Queen at Buckingham Palace quite a few years ago. They were both in their 80s a… https://t.co/A915W7MbU4 — Carol Vorderman (@Carol Vorderman)
Comedian Katy Brand said “he had a proper twinkle in his eye”.
Scientist Brian Cox said:
I echo this from @RealJonathanYeo . I sat next to Prince Phillip at a lunch a few years ago and we discussed cosmol… https://t.co/6IKuPcvU8t — Brian Cox (@Brian Cox)
And Conservative politician Susan Hall said he had “a wonderful sense of humour”.
I am honoured to have met HRH Prince Philip on several occasions. A lovely man with a wonderful sense of humour. My… https://t.co/qiLBKpslaK — Susan Hall AM (@Susan Hall AM)
Actor Katy Manning said the Prince was “utterly charming”.
so sad to hear that #PrincePhilip has gone on his awfully big adventure .my heart goes out to The Queen & the Fam… https://t.co/i0ZsCGIyzM — KatyManning Official welcomes you (@KatyManning Official welcomes you)
Other social media users have similarly shared their memories of meeting him.
One user remembered competing against him in a driving competition, and said he was “tolerant and timely”.
@colinbrazierGBN I had the pleasure of competing against him carriage driving as a team member in the 70’s + 80’s -… https://t.co/uF4MtURhVQ — Linda Gemmell (@Linda Gemmell)
While another remembered him as “charismatic”:
The Royal Family have been, for me, a pillar of my service.
At the very heart of that has been the Queen, who has… https://t.co/QlsheT5KUi — Rob (@Rob)
Another user shared a story about missing school to meet the Prince.
Taken a couple of years ago. The left hand article was when I met Prince Philip as a child. My mum had to get writt… https://t.co/qkgRdyI9Fe — ⚫️⚪️Claireybella⚫️⚪️ (@⚫️⚪️Claireybella⚫️⚪️)
Another remarked: “My thoughts are with all who knew, loved and now mourn him,” after sharing her memories of him.
I was honoured to have met HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the summer of 2016. He made a wonderful remark a… https://t.co/xmFN1WpSNm — Michaela Hollywood (@Michaela Hollywood)
And another remembered meeting him twice, once as a teenager, and again as an adult:
When I was 26 I was seated next to Prince Philip at a Greenwich Lit Fest lunch for 50th anniversary of The Hobbit.… https://t.co/xTHrsKheP2 — Jane Johnson 〓〓 💙 (@Jane Johnson 〓〓 💙)
Prince Philip died weeks after leaving hospital after receiving treatment for an infection.
The Prince, who retired from official duties in 2017 but continued to be involved with charity, would have celebrated his 100th birthday in June.
He was the longest-serving consort in British history and completed 22,219 royal engagements since 1952.
Downing Street is flying the Union flag at half-mast today to commemorate his death.
The Queen - who was married to him for 73 years - will now enter an eight-day period of mourning ahead of his funeral.