I missed their first visit to NZ - 1953- (just been born then) then lined up in Auckland in 1963 to see them as a kid, (huge event in those days) Always thought Phillip seemed a hard case, pretty normal sort of guy, considering his restraints. I participated as a youngster in the Duke of Edinburghs' award, outdoor training, and still have my achievement book somewhere. I remember the Britannia arriving in Auckland, and still have photos I took of her with an old box Brownie camera. Was impressed, even as a 10yr old with the immaculate glossy blue paint on the hull, no other ship compared.
Phillips' death will be a big (but not unexpected) loss to all those who grew up with the Royal Family always being there, standing in the theatres etc for the Royal Anthem, Christmas messages, enjoying their visits, (Philip visited Aust 32 times (16 without the Queen) and NZ 10 times with the Queen, and a number by himself. On one visit to NZ, he was asked if he wanted to have a crack at shearing a sheep, he declined and said "I might nick it, and I've had enough mutton already."😁 Always seemed to have a clever reply.
A few pics from the NZ visits ( he was looking a bit worn on their last visit-2002)