World leaders pay tribute to Prince Philip who has died aged 99

Friday, 9th April 2021, 1:57 pm
Prince Philip was due to celebrate his 100th birthday later this year (Photo: STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Philip was due to celebrate his 100th birthday later this year (Photo: STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

It has been announced by Buckingham Palace that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 99.

In a statement, the Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

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“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Leaders from the UK and around the world joined together to pay tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh.

‘He inspired the lives of countless people’

Speaking from a podium in Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “[Prince Philip] was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.

“With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.

“We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.

“Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her ‘strength and stay’, of more than 70 years.

“And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today.

“Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.”

‘He dedicated his life to our country’

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour party, posted a four Tweet thread on Twitter, mourning the passing of Prince Philip.

He wrote: “The United Kingdom has lost an extraordinary public servant in Prince Philip. Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country - from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Second World War to his decades of service as the Duke of Edinburgh.

“However, he will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to The Queen. For more than seven decades, he has been at her side.

“Their marriage has been a symbol of strength, stability and hope, even as the world around them changes - most recently during the pandemic. It was a partnership that inspired millions in Britain and beyond.

“My thoughts are with The Queen, the Royal Family and the British people as our nation comes together to mourn and remember the life of Prince Philip.”

‘Our sincere condolences’

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, Tweeted: “I am saddened by news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died. I send my personal and deepest condolences - and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland - to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.”

In a statement, Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, said: “It is with sadness that we mourn the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

“Throughout his long and distinguished life, he served the crown with selfless devotion and generosity of spirit.

“We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, his children and their families on this sad occasion.

“He will be missed by the many organisations that he supported as Patron or President over many decades of service.”

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill issued a joint statement.

Foster said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. It is a sadness that I know will be shared by countless others in Northern Ireland and right across the world.”

O’Neill added: “I wish to extend my sincere condolences to Queen Elizabeth and her family on the death of her husband Prince Phillip.”

The Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheál Martin, Tweeted: “Saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Elizabeth and the people of the United Kingdom at this time.”

‘God bless from all here in Australia’

Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, said in a statement: “For nearly 80 years, Prince Philip served his Crown, his country and the Commonwealth.

“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was, in the words of Her Majesty, her ‘strength and stay’. He embodied a generation that we will never see again.

“Beginning as a naval cadet in 1939, he served in war and in peace. When Her Majesty ascended the throne, The Duke ended his military service and became her constant support.

“Prince Philip was no stranger to Australia, having visited our country on more than 20 occasions.

“Through his service to the Commonwealth he presided as patron or president of nearly 50 organisations in Australia. Given his own service, Prince Philip also had a strong connection with the Australian Defence Force.

“For 65 years, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has encouraged over 775,000 young Australians to explore their leadership potential. Forty thousand young Australians are currently participating in the program.

“Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal family. The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia.

“Further details about Australia’s remembrance of Prince Philip will be announced over the coming days. Flags will be lowered in honour of His Royal Highness.”

‘May his soul rest in peace’

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, Tweeted: “My thoughts are with the British people and the Royal Family on the passing away of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also Tweeted: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

“I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on this very sad day.”

‘Prince Philip will be fondly remembered’

Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minister, said that her thoughts would be with the Queen at this “profoundly sad time”.

She said: “Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.

“In over fifty years of the award in New Zealand, thousands of young people have completed life-changing challenges through the programme.”

‘An inspiration to us all’

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden said: “The Queen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

“Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relationship which we have deeply valued.

“His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all. We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.”

‘May his memory be a blessing’

Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, posted his statement on social media, writing: “My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH The Prince of Wales, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“May his memory be a blessing.”

Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, also Tweeted: “Truly saddened by the loss of Prince Philip, who made Malta his home and returned here so often.

“Our people will always treasure his memory. Our sincerest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the @RoyalFamily.”

A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site National World