LONDON, United Kingdom – Current and former world leaders joined a refrain of condolences from all over the world following the loss of life of Prince Philip on Friday on the age of 99.
Here are some reactions:
– Britain –
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Philip’s “extraordinary life”, sending his condolences to Queen Elizabeth after her husband’s loss of life was introduced.
Johnson mentioned the Duke of Edinburgh “earned the affection of generations” at dwelling, within the Commonwealth and the world over.
“We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” he added.
Former prime minister Tony Blair hailed Philip’s public service, calling him “a man of foresight, determination and courage”.
– US –
US President Joe Biden paid tribute to Philip as a selfless servant of Britain and its individuals.
“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,” Biden mentioned in an announcement.
– Ireland –
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin mentioned he was “saddened” by Philip’s loss of life, including: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Elizabeth and the people of the United Kingdom.”
– Australia –
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered flags to be flown at half-mast after the passing of Philip, who he mentioned “embodied a generation that we will never see again”.
“The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip,” mentioned the chief of the Commonwealth nation.
– Belgium –
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium tweeted that they have been “deeply saddened” by Philip’s loss of life.
“We wish to express our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the British Royal Family, as well as to the people of the United Kingdom.”
– Canada –
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau known as Philip a “a man of great purpose and conviction, who was motivated by a sense of duty to others”, in a tribute on behalf of his Commonwealth nation.
He can be “fondly remembered as a constant in the life of our Queen”, he mentioned.
– European Union –
EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen mentioned on Twitter she was “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.”
– France –
French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Philip and despatched his condolences to the Queen.
Philip “lived an exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to youth and the environment”, he mentioned on Twitter.
– Germany –
German Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned his loss of life crammed her with “great sadness”, sending her ideas to the Queen.
“His friendship with Germany, his straightforward nature and his sense of duty will remain unforgotten,” Merkel mentioned.
– India –
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Philip’s lengthy profession, saying his “thoughts are with the British people and the Royal family”.
“He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.
– Israel –
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his “deepest condolences”.
“Prince Philip was the consummate public servant and will be much missed in Israel and across the world,” he wrote.
Philip was the primary British royal to go to Israel in 1994. His mom Princess Alice is buried in a church on the Mount of Olives.
– Kenya –
President Uhuru Kenyatta mentioned the Duke of Edinburgh had been a unifying determine, calling him a “great man”.
“His Royal Highness Prince Philip has been a towering symbol of family values and the unity of the British people as well as the entire global community.”
Philip’s spouse Elizabeth turned queen in 1952 whereas on a visit to Kenya when her father handed away.
– Pakistan –
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan praised the Duke for his help for the second largest nation within the Commonwealth, which he final visited with the Queen in 1997 for a six-day tour.
“Britain has lost a wise elder who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service,” he tweeted.
– Italy –
Italian President Sergio Mattarella praised Philip’s “exemplary dedication, accompanying the evolution of his country with an open and innovative spirit”.
Italians would “cherish a grateful memory of his deep admiration for Italy’s artistic and cultural heritage”, he mentioned.
– Russia –
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Philip and wished Elizabeth “courage and mental fortitude in the face of a grievous and irreparable loss”.
“He rightfully enjoyed respect among the British and internationally,” an announcement from the Kremlin cited Putin as saying.
– Sweden –
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf mentioned he was “deeply saddened” to study of Philip’s loss of life, calling him “a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued”.
“His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all,” he mentioned in an announcement.
– The Netherlands –
Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix paid tribute to Philip’s “lively personality” and lifetime of service.
“Throughout his long life, he committed himself with dedication to the British people and to his many duties and responsibilities. His lively personality never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression.”
– Spain –
Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia hailed Prince Philip’s “sense of service and dedication to the crown and the United Kingdom,” in a letter to Queen Elizabeth II.
– Turkey –
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted: “I convey my deepest condolences on behalf of my country and the Turkish nation. I share the sorrow of the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.”
– Ukraine –
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mourned Britain’s Prince Philip on Twitter, saying his loss of life was an “irreparable loss”.
“Ukraine grieves together with Great Britain. Prince Philip lived a great life to serve his people and to be an example for the future generations”.
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