Boris Johnson visited Britannia Royal Naval College, the late Prince Philip’s former training college on Thursday which is where the late Duke of Edinburgh met the Queen for the first time.
The Prime Minister highlighted the Duke’s career in the Senior Service as he saw the latest generation of officer cadets put through their paces at the prestigious Naval College in Dartmouth.
The Devon establishment has been the starting point for the careers of generations of Royal Navy officers and the future Duke was enrolled there in 1939.
While in Devon, the PM told reporters that after passing out of the college in 1940 the Duke of Edinburgh had gone on to have had an “amazing distinguished Navy career – the Battle of Cape Matapan, Sicily and then seeing the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay.
“And you’ve just seen those wonderful cadets become officers themselves and incarnating the finest traditions of the Royal Navy, in the way the duke did himself.
“And actually, funnily enough, here in this very garden, I think in 1939, the Duke of Edinburgh met the then Princess Elizabeth for the very first time, so our thoughts are with her again today.”