UK PM Boris Johnson leads tributes to Prince Philip
The duke, 99, died on Friday morning at Windsor Castle
Tributes have started pouring in for the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, hours after the announcement of his death.
Buckingham Palace announced the duke died “peacefully this [Friday] morning at Windsor Castle”. He was 99.
On Friday afternoon, world and religious leaders joined tributes to the prince.
Leading the charge was British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said the country would mourn with the royal family and Queen Elizabeth, who had lost her “strength and stay of more than 70 years”.
“We remember the duke 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,” Johnson said.
“And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today.”
“We give thanks as a nation and a kingdom to the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip.”— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 9, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the nation mourns with the Queen following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, thanked God for the duke’s “extraordinary life in dedicated service”.
“He consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an extraordinary example of Christian service,” Welby said in a lengthy statement posted on Twitter.
First minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said she was saddened to learn of the duke’s death and expressed her “personal and deepest condolences” to the royal family.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the prince for “his distinguished career in the military” and for being “at the forefront of many community service initiatives”.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 9, 2021
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Everyone at Manchester United is saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 9, 2021
We extend our sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult time. https://t.co/NNqDETQggm pic.twitter.com/nJMXOoVHLJ
Rest in peace Prince Philip. A lifetime of public service. My thoughts are with the Queen and all of the Royal Family— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) April 9, 2021
The government & people of Taiwan extend their deepest condolences on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the royal family, & the people of Great Britain & the Commonwealth. May he rest in peace. https://t.co/wepPB5Sd0m— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) April 9, 2021