Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

“Following the announcement from Buckingham Palace this morning, the Trustees and Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering would like to pay tribute to the work of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in the service of UK engineering.

“As our Senior Fellow, he has worked tirelessly to support the Academy right from its inception in 1976 as the Fellowship of Engineering. We are deeply grateful to His Royal Highness for his genuine interest in engineering and for being such a great champion of UK industry over the years. He played a key role in creating the Fellowship of Engineering and has supported our organisation’s evolution into a fully-fledged national Academy. He has also presented the Academy’s highest award for UK engineering innovation, the MacRobert Award, almost every year since it began in 1969.

“His Royal Highness has kindly allowed the Academy to name our premises Prince Philip House – the home of a national engineering forum for discussion of the engineering issues of the day.”