Today I join our personnel of the New Zealand Defence Force in mourning the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
We share in the sadness that the passing of His Royal Highness will bring to Her Majesty the Queen, the members of the Royal Family and the people of Her Majesty’s Realms and territories.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dedicated his life to service - to his country, his family, and the Commonwealth - and his many achievements are a testament to his commitment.
Within the New Zealand Defence Force the Duke held the ranks of Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army, and Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
On behalf of the New Zealand Defence Force, I extend my sympathy to all those who are mourning, in particular Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.
Air Marshal Kevin Short
Chief of Defence Force