BRITISH High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago Harriet Cross fondly recalled a visit to TT by the late Prince Philip as she paid tribute to the queen's husband on Friday in a tweet on Twitter.
A Buckingham Palace statement earlier said the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, had died on Friday morning at Windsor Castle. He had recently been discharged from hospital after a month-long stay during which he had heart surgery.
Cross said, "I had the pleasure to meet Prince Philip during his visit to TT in 2009 when I was helping out with the Royal visit. He bounced up to me – a junior official – in the garden of the (high commissioner's) residence, relaxed, cheerful and very funny. Sending heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty The Queen."
On her Twitter account, Cross also retweeted tributes from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
Johnson hailed Prince Philip's extraordinary life as both a naval hero in World War II and as an inspiration to countless youngsters through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Johnson said the UK was united in grief at his passing and in gratitude at his decades of selfless service to his country.
Raab said, "Prince Philip lived a life of duty and service representing the United Kingdom across the Commonwealth and around the world. He will be profoundly missed."