The principal of Prince Philip’s former boarding school has paid tribute to him following his death, saying he had “immensely strong character”, The Times reports.
Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland educated three generations of the royal family — including the Duke of Edinburgh, who was one of the first pupils to attend, at the age of 13.
Lisa Kerr, principal of Gordonstoun, said the duke “had an immensely strong character, combined with a unique sense of fun, infectious optimism and strong sense of duty”.
She said: “More than anything, he understood and was hugely supportive of Gordonstoun’s educational ethos, of not only fulfilling academic potential but also of developing life skills through experiences outside the classroom including sailing and community service.
“We are immensely grateful for his support over the years and his presence and support in the school’s life will be sorely missed.”
Princes Charles, Andrew and Edward as well as Princess Anne’s children Zara and Peter were also educated at Gordonstoun.
The £40,000 per year school was founded in 1934 by Kurt Hahn, a Jewish exile who fled Nazi Germany.
Hahn was behind the original idea for what became the exceedingly popular Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Thousands of young people from all backgrounds now benefit from the scheme, which aims to build character and a sense of direction and public service.