Buckingham Palace’s official statement conveyed the Queen’s “deep sorrow” at the death of her husband, Prince Philip, Friday morning at Windsor Castle. “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss,” read the statement, which said his death was a peaceful one.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, turned the homepage of their Archewell Foundation into a tribute to Prince Philip reading, “thank you for your service … you will be greatly missed.”
“Without him life will be completely different,” Prince Philip’s daughter, Princess Anne, said in an interview with ITV. She added that he wrestled with his role as prince consort. “It must have evolved quite dramatically from the early stages. I don’t think the structure, in terms of support to the monarchy, was designed to deal with a consort. Nobody had thought about what he was going to do. And it took a while to find people who understood he had extraordinary experience and skills that they could make use of. But he also found ways he could make an impact.”
Prince Edward, one of Prince Philip’s sons, told ITV that the “public image that certain parts of the media would portray was always an unfair depiction.” His father “used to give them as good as he got and always in a very entertaining way. He was always able to manage interviews and say things that the rest of us always dreamed we could say. He was brilliant.”
“We are a kingdom united both in grief and gratitude; grief at Prince Philip’s passing, and gratitude for his decades of selfless service to the country,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
“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,” said Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer. “However, he will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to the Queen.”
“I send my personal and deepest condolences – and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted Friday.
First Minister Arlene Foster, whose Democratic Unionist Party supports Northern Ireland’s status within the United Kingdom, said Prince Philip’s death represented a “sadness that I know will be shared by countless others in Northern Ireland and right across the world.” Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill – whose party, Sinn Fein, espouses Northern Ireland’s union with the Republic of Ireland – also extended her condolences to the Queen and her family.
Church of England
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, praised the Prince’s “joy at life and his enquiring mind” and added: “The legacy he leaves is enormous. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which he founded in 1956, has inspired generations of young people to help others and instilled in them a vision for citizenship and a desire to serve their communities. His work with countless charities and organizations reflected his wide-ranging, global interests in topics including wildlife, sport, design, engineering and interfaith dialogue.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement praised Prince Philip as a “man of great service” in both the military and his philanthropic pursuits.
“He will be fondly remembered as a constant in the life of our Queen – a lifelong companion who was always at her side offering unfailing support as she carried out her duties. … The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and the members of the Royal Family as they mourn such a significant loss.”
“A great man is gone,” Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said in a statement that praised the Prince’s support for the Canadian Armed Forces. “What remains is Prince Philip’s example of steadfast service during a life of obligation, and a legacy of discreetly performed good works through which our country will be blessed for years to come.”
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s condolences noted that “so many families have experienced the loss of a loved one this past year.” Green Party Leader Annamie Paul wrote that the Prince “will be remembered for his support to the Queen, and for his WWII service.”
“Prince Philip constantly showed his commitment to Canada. He was a great friend of this country and he will be dearly missed,” said Chief Justice Richard Wagner, the Supreme Court jurist fulfilling the governor-general’s duties until a replacement is found for Julie Payette.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford called the Prince “a devoted husband, father, war hero and public servant,” adding that “he will be missed by many around the world.”
Other leaders of Commonwealth realms
“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,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “In over 50 years of the award in New Zealand, thousands of young people have completed life-changing challenges through the program.”
“He embodied a generation that we will never see again,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday, noting that the Prince had visited Australia more than 20 times.
Other world leaders
“He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. “May his soul rest in peace.”
“Britain has lost a wise elder who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service,” Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted. “His role in promoting Pakistan-U.K. relations will always be remembered.”
“Saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Prime Minister Micheal Martin said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Elizabeth and the people of the United Kingdom at this time.”
Mary Lou McDonald, leader of the opposition Sinn Fein party, offered condolences to the Queen and to “those of a British identity on our island, for whom his death will be felt as a great loss.”
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden send their “deepest condolences” to the Queen, the Royal Family and the British people, a White House news release said. “The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as 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.”
“The death of Prince Philip fills me with great sorrow,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement posted by her spokeswoman on Twitter. “His friendship to Germany, his straightforwardness and his sense of duty will not be forgotten.”
Royalty around the world
“Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued,” King Carl XVI Gustaf said. “His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all.”
“Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family,” a statement from King Harald V said. “We also send our condolences to the British people.”
A statement on behalf of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa said Bahrain’s monarch “lauded the efforts of the late HRH Prince Philip to serve the United Kingdom and its friendly people.”
With reports from Paul Waldie, Janice Dickson, Reuters and The Canadian Press
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