Many caught a glimpse of the Duke of Edinburgh during his visits to the Midlands over the years.
Crowds always lined the streets as he visited, at the side of the Queen.
Some, however, got to know him personally, through their work for the Royal Family.
Two gentlemen who worked on the Royal Yacht Britannia shared their memories of service with ITV News Central.
Tom Suddes, a former royal photographer, trained at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, and worked on board the ship documenting royal life.
David Rushforth, who lives in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, was stationed on the Royal Yacht Britannia in the 1970s as a CPO Engineer.
He remembers the politeness of the Royals.
ITV News Central spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in 2017, just after the Duke retired.
He paid tribute to the huge impact he had on the country.