Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s “service ethic”, joining various UK political and religious leaders in paying tribute to the Queen’s husband, who passed away at the age of 99.
In remarks televised live from Downing Street, the prime minister said that Prince Philip “has won the affection of generations here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world.”
Noting Philip’s record of fighting in World War II, Johnson said that the conflict “took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the postwar era.”
“As the skilled carriage driver that he was, he helped lead the royal family and the monarchy to remain an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life,” the prime minister said. “He was an environmentalist and a defender of the natural world long before it was fashionable. With his Duke of Edinburgh awards program he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people. “
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said Philip “provided an outstanding example of Christian service” throughout his life, praising his work and legacy and calling the prince “a prophetic voice for more than half a century” on conservation. .
Welby said: “On the occasions I met him, I was always struck by his obvious joy in life, his inquisitive mind, and his ability to communicate with people of all backgrounds and walks of life. He was a master at making people feel comfortable and making them feel special. “
Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, issued a tribute praising Philip’s “tireless” support for the Queen over decades, saying the couple’s marriage “has been a source of mutual joy, support and comfort in private moments, but equally how they have both sailed “. a very public life together ”.
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labor leader, said the UK had “lost an extraordinary public servant”.
He added: “Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country, from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during WWII to his decades of service as the Duke of Edinburgh. However, he will be remembered above all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to the Queen. “
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Prime Minister, tweeted that she was “saddened”, adding: “I send my condolences – and that of Scotgov and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty the Queen and her family.
In a joint statement, Northern Ireland Prime Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill expressed their condolences. O’Neill, Vice President of Sinn Féin, praised “Philip’s contribution to the advancement of peace and reconciliation.”
Tony Blair, the former prime minister, said that in addition to his role in supporting the queen, Philip should “also be remembered and celebrated in his own right as a man of foresight, determination and courage,” and someone “often far ahead. of his time ”in areas such as environmentalism.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, called Philip “an extraordinary man, who dedicated his life to public service and helping others.” He added: “His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh not only spent 70 years performing royal duties, but also fought for Britain, and for the freedoms we cherish today, during World War II.”
Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat leader, praised the Duke’s “quiet and firm advice and support for the queen.”
He said: “In this sad time for millions, we must never forget that Prince Philip was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. So our thoughts should be with the entire royal family, but particularly with the Queen at this difficult time. “
Sian Berry, the co-leader of the Green Party, praised Philip for “a remarkable contribution to connecting young people with nature and the great outdoors” through his awards program.
Religious leaders also paid tribute, with Ephraim Mirvis, the chief rabbi, saying that he “thoroughly enjoyed my personal conversations with the Duke of Edinburgh, during which I was deeply moved by his extraordinary sense of duty.”
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and the most important figure in the English Catholic Church, said: “How we will miss the presence and character of Prince Philip, so full of life and vigor. It has been an example of unwavering loyalty and joyfully delivered duty. May he rest in peace. “
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism