Apparently Prince Philip has died at 99. A significant loss to Britain. Philip was the last unchanging beacon of real ENGLISH culture, and the last unstoppable truth-teller in the British government. His truth didn't have any influence on the real rulers, but nevertheless he kept saying true things, kept reminding people of the truth.
Elizabeth lost her beacon status about 10 years ago when she started saying fashionable things instead of true things.
Charles is a mixed bag. He goes with fashion on some big issues like "global warming", but he sticks with truth on cultural matters. His behavior
is a non-verbal beacon, performing the classic function of an aristocratic MAN. A double-ought copper ground rod.
The grandsons are useless. Pure fashion.
We need beacons.
The old ones are dying and being murdered. New beacons aren't being created or born.
Later: Even in the snide columns of online forums, the memories of Philip are uniformly positive and PERSONAL. A wide variety of people had personal contact with him in a wide variety of situations, from polo games to charity conferences to military maneuvers. In all of those situations he did surprising and unexpected good deeds and told surprising and unexpected truths.