Since it is clearly shameless obituary name-dropping week, I will give you my personal micro-story.
Prince Philip was Colonel in Chief of my army corps, in which role I met him several times as any soldier does. We commemorate a particular anniversary every 25 years and, supportive and active as ever, he presided over the celebration that fell in the 1990s, when he would have been in his 70s. He congratulated us all on the foregoing quarter-century, wished us well for the next occasion 25 years hence, and concluded with the words: "... but I can tell you one thing - I shan't be there to celebrate it with you!".
Well, he was - and he did.
What a man.