“He's a great man and he leaves quite a hole in society” - Regiments remember His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh had a long and distinguished career in the military, including close associations with several Army regiments. As the Nation remembers the life of His Royal Highness, Army personnel who served alongside him talk about what he meant to the Regiments he was associated with.

The Queen's Royal Hussars 

The Regiment’s ties with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh began in 1953 when he was appointed Colonel in Chief of the 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars, one of their antecedent regiments. He remained the Colonel in Chief for the Regiment, less the years 1993-2002 when he fulfilled the role of deputy Colonel in Chief under The Queen Mother. He also visited the Regiment on operations in Iraq. 

 “On behalf of The Queen's Royal Hussars, I send our condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen, and The Royal Family. The Regiment is mourning for its Colonel in Chief, who has been associated with the Regiment for almost seven decades...we remember that association and we remember his interest in and impact on the Regiment.”

General Sir Tom Beckett

Colonel of the Regiment

The 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS, The Highlanders) 

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is the Royal Colonel of the 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The Regiment are a Mechanised Infantry Battalion within the 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade.

“The impact will be felt wide and far. I’ve had about six or seven engagements with His Royal Highness over the years, some as a very junior Private. He was very engaging, and he would openly and freely talk to all soldiers when he visited.”

WO1 Craig Taylor

RSM 

The Rifles

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles in February 2007.  Though the Battalion’s Royal Colonel is HRH Duchess of Cornwall, the Regiment maintains close links to HRH Duke of Edinburgh as their Colonel-in-Chief.

“When you look at Prince Philip being our Colonel in Chief from the amalgamation in 2007, it is like losing your grandfather. It really does hit deep and to the core of our family, and I think, for us, that resonates at all levels, so it's been a really emotional time.”

Captain David McCutcheon

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is the Colonel in Chief of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, reflecting his long and close association with all forms of engineering. 

The barracks which 8 Training Battalion REME are accommodated in is named after his Royal Highness, Prince Philip Barracks. This barracks was opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on 11 March 2016.

“He was engaged with us and used to visit us probably once or twice every single year since 1969. And he had an enormous passion for all things engineering. In his own words, ‘if it wasn’t invented by God, it was invented by an engineer.”

Lieutenant General Paul Jaques CB CBE

Master General

The City of Edinburgh UOTC

“He was our Honorary Colonel for over 60 years and, as such, is deeply ingrained into the fabric of this unit. People thought of him as a soldier, as a sailor, as an airman, but they recognised his commitment to the country, they recognised his service, and his service to the country and so he was one of us.”

Lieutenant Colonel Jonny Taffs

Commanding Officer

Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry

“We in this country owe him a great debt for all that he's done. His enthusiasm and his zest for life and wanting to be involved and supportive but in everything that he's done. But, in terms of widely in the country, it’s the fact that he's a great man and he leaves quite a hole in society and somebody to look up to and respect.”

Colonel Robert Boyle

Regimental Recollections