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World Reacts to Prince Philip’s Death

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99, the royal family announced Friday. In a statement, the royal family said Philip “passed away peacefully” at Windsor Castle this morning. 

Here are the reactions of some of the world leaders and celebrities around the world reacted to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Leaders:

  • UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON
  • “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, has 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.” “Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.
  • U.S. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
  • “Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family. The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as a patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavours he shaped. Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.”
  • Vice President Kamala Harris 
  • “Whether he was promoting environmentalism or the wellbeing of military families, he brought a profound sense of purpose to all he did,” she said in a statement.
  • GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL
  • “The death of Prince Philip fills me with great sorrow. His friendship to Germany, his straightforwardness and his sense of duty will not be forgotten.”
  • FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON
  • Prince Philip “lived an exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to the youth and the environment”.
  • INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI
  • “He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace.”
  • PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN
  • “Britain has lost a wise elder who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service. His role in promoting Pakistan-UK relations will always be remembered.”
  • KING FELIPE AND QUEEN LETIZIA OF SPAIN
  • “We shall never forget the moments that we shared with him and the legacy of service and dedication to the crown and the United Kingdom by your side.”
  • IRISH PRIME MINISTER MICHEAL MARTIN
  • “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.”
  • FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
  • “This is an irreplaceable loss for Great Britain, and for all who hold dear our civilization. Prince Philip defined British dignity and grace. He personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom.”
  • FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
  • “Throughout his long and remarkable life, he devoted himself to worthy causes and to others. He represented the United Kingdom with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign. Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed.”
  • FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
  • “At the Queen’s side or trailing the customary two steps behind, Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman. Yet he also found a way to lead without demanding the spotlight — serving in combat in World War II, commanding a frigate in the Royal Navy, and tirelessly touring the world to champion British industry and excellence. Through his extraordinary example, he proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater.”
  • JUSTIN WELBY, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
  • “On the occasions when I met him, I was always struck by his obvious joy at life, his enquiring mind and his ability to communicate to people from every background and walk of life. He was a master at putting people at their ease and making them feel special.”
  • SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON
  • “I send my personal and deepest condolences – and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.”
  • FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR
  • “He will naturally be most recognised as remarkable and steadfast support to the Queen over so many years. However, he should also be remembered and celebrated in his own right as a man of foresight, determination and courage.”
  • CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU
  • “Prince Philip was a man of great purpose and conviction, who was motivated by a sense of duty to others.”
  • NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER JACINDA ARDERN
  • “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.”
  • DUTCH PRIME MINISTER MARK RUTTE
  • “Our thoughts and sympathy are with Britain’s Royal Family and the British people at this time of mourning.”
  • BELGIAN ROYAL PALACE
  • “We wish to express our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the British Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom. Philippe and Mathilde.”
  • U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES
  • “He was known for his dedication to charitable causes as a patron of some 800 organizations, in particular those focused on the environment, industry, sport and education.”

Public figures

  • Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
  • “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021, “Thank you for your service…You will be greatly missed.”
  • British singer and actress Elaine Page 
  • My deepest condolences to HM Queen Elizabeth II, who has lost her husband, confidant & life partner and to his children, grandchildren & all of the royal family. HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh RIP.” 
  • Former “Star Trek” actor George Takei
  • “My heartfelt condolences to the royal family in this time of grief, and especially to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who has spent a lifetime by her Prince Phillip.”
  • TV personality Piers Morgan
  • A truly great Briton who dedicated his life to selfless public duty & was an absolute rock of devoted support to Her Majesty, The Queen, as the longest-serving royal consort to any British sovereign. A very sad day for our country. Thank you, Sir.”
  • Liverpool FC 
  • “As a mark of respect, Liverpool Football Club will mark the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, by flying club flags at half-mast.
  • Former Spice Girl member Geri Horner
  • Thinking of Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.”

 

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