British Prime Minister Theresa May has sent her "deepest gratitude and good wishes" to Prince Philip.

Prince Philip

Prince Philip

It was announced on Thursday (04.05.17) morning that the Duke of Edinburgh is stepping down from royal duties later this year and the politician has led tributes to the 95-year-old royal.

She said: "On behalf of the whole country, I want to offer our deepest gratitude and good wishes to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh following today's announcement that he will stand down from public duties in the autumn.

"From his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen to his inspirational Duke of Edinburgh Awards and his patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes, his contribution to our United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider world will be of huge benefit to us all for years to come."

And former prime minister David Cameron also sent a tribute message, in which he referenced the prince's love of outdoor cooking.

He said: "HRH the Duke of Edinburgh is an outstanding public servant. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude. I always enjoyed his company, especially his BBQs!"

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the duke for his "clear sense of public duty".

He said: "I would like to pay tribute to Prince Philip following his decision to retire from public service.

"He has dedicated his life to supporting the queen and our country with a clear sense of public duty.

"His Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme has inspired young people for more than 60 years in over 140 nations. We thank Prince Philip for his service to the country and wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement."

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was another public figure to praise the prince for his Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, as well as recognising the contribution he has made to life in her country.

She said: "HRH the Duke of Edinburgh has dedicated his life to public service and the steadfast support he has given to the Queen throughout her reign is hugely admirable.

"His charity work, in particular his role as chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, has benefited millions of young people across Scotland. He also gave over 50 years of service to Edinburgh University during his time as Chancellor there.

"He has always served with enthusiasm and a healthy sense of humour. I have always thoroughly enjoyed any time that I have spent in his company.

"I know that, even as he steps back from public life, the duke will continue to be a huge support to the queen. I wish him all the very best for a happy and peaceful retirement."