I join the rest of the country in mourning the loss of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
The thoughts of every member of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) are with Her Majesty The Queen, our Patron His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family.
The Duke was a true friend of the Service and we had the privilege of hosting HRH on numerous occasions. Always his sharp mind, experience gained from active service and knowledge of global affairs shone through. As we all know, HRH called it as he saw it with directness and wit. Visits were never dull.
Over the coming days, weeks and months, we will celebrate the life of a man who always put duty and country first.
We will hold up his example to current and aspiring members of the Service, and will endeavour to match his levels of service and selflessness.