'A real asset to British life': Londoners mourn Prince Philip.

Queen Elizabeth's husband had been a pivotal figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, consistently by his wife's side throughout her 69-year reign, the longest in British history.

During that time he earned a reputation for a tough, no-nonsense attitude and a propensity for occasional gaffes.

Despite his reputation for dividing opinions, many Londoners told Reuters he would be greatly missed.