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Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Friday at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle, outside London, was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
He was married to the queen for over 70 years and together they had four children, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
His death, announced by Buckingham Palace this Friday morning, has caused numerous reactions in the UK and the world.
After the statement from the Royal Family, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was one of the first to speak, ensuring that he received the news “with great sadness“.
“He inspired the lives of countless young people … He helped lead the Royal Family and the monarchy to remain an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our lives,” he added from Downing Street, his official residence.
The British Prime Minister also recalled Prince Philip as one of the last survivors who fought in WWII.
“From that conflict he took an ethic of service that he applied during the unprecedented changes of the postwar period,” he added.
For his part, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Today, we mourn the loss of an extraordinary man, who dedicated his life to public service and helping others. “
From Texas, former US President George W. Bush joined the condolences and assured that he would miss him.
“Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much we will miss him.”
Across the sea from Ireland, the president of that country, Micheál Martin, assured that he was “saddened” by the news.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Queen Elizabeth and the people of the United Kingdom at this time.”
In continental Europe, the immediate reactions were numerous.
The king Carl Gustaf from Sweden He said both he and Queen Silvia were “deeply saddened.”
“Prince Philip has been a great friend to our family for many years, a relationship that we have deeply valued. His service to his country will continue to be an inspiration to all of us.”
While the Prime Minister of Malta, Robert Abela, said he was “really saddened by the loss of Prince Philip”.
“He made Malta his home and returned here very often. Our people will always treasure his memory,” he continued.
The King Philip of Belgium He conveyed the condolences of the Belgian royal family to the queen in a private message.
In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of that country remembered Prince Philip as a man who “embodied a generation that we will never see again. “
“Australians send our love and condolences to His Majesty and the entire royal family,” he said in a statement.
“The Commonwealth Family joins in pain and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Felipe. “.
In the neighbor New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the flags of all government buildings and ships in the country to be flown at half mast.
He reported that after the duke’s funeral, a national memorial service will be held in Wellington, the capital of the oceanic country.
“Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen at this deeply sad time. On behalf of the people and the New Zealand government, I would like to express my deepest condolences to His Majesty and the entire Royal Family, “said Arden.
“Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Prize … New Zealanders will also remember the tremendous support the Duke of Edinburgh gave Her Majesty The Queen “he added.
The president of IsraelReuven Rivlin expressed his condolences to the Royal Family in a post on social media.
“May your memory be a blessing.”
Meanwhile he Prime Minister of IndiaNarendra Modi paid heartfelt tribute to the prince’s military career and community work.
“He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace,” Modi tweeted.
For now, the United States government has not offered an official statement, but the White House is expected to pronounce itself in the next few hours.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.