British television icon Sir David Attenborough recalled his friend Prince Philip leading the BBC’s coverage of the Duke’s funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been widely praised for his appreciation for conservation and the environment, to which broadcaster and naturalist Attenborough has dedicated his life.
Attenborough said of Prince Philip: “He was there early on at a time when conservation meant little to a lot of people. Even in the 1950s and 1960s, he saw it universally. The World Wildlife Fund owed a huge sum to his presence. When he spoke about conservation, he spoke about it with passion and knowledge.
Describing the prince’s character, Attenborough said: “It was an amazing combination of being great and friendly. You knew he was there. He had an incredible presence. It was an extraordinary balancing act between formality and informality.
The BBC’s first interlocutors today were Attenborough and diplomat and lawyer Baroness Scotland, Sixth Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations (both pictured above).
Prince Philip, the longest-serving husband in British history, died at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle last Friday.
Attenborough reflected last week on the life and work of Prince Philip in a special ITV News program, The Duke fondly remembers.
Here are the details on how to track today’s funeral in both UK and US. The UK will maintain a minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time and TV programs have been torn to ensure wide coverage this afternoon. Sporting events initially scheduled for 3 p.m. have been postponed until later today.