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Death of Prince Philip: world leaders react

Death of Prince Philip: world leaders react

“At the Queen’s side or by dragging the usual two steps back”, wrote former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, “Prince Philip showed the world what it means to be a supportive husband for a powerful woman”.

Posted April 9, 2021 at 2:38 pm ET

President Joe Biden is among the world leaders who paid tribute to the British Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, following the news of Philip’s death on Friday morning.

In a statement, the Bidens extended their “deepest condolences” to the royal family and went on to acknowledge the incredible life of the Duke of Edinburgh, which lasted only a few months in less than a century.

“Over the course of its 99 years of life, it has seen our world change dramatically and repeatedly,” said Joe and Jill Biden. “From his service during World War II, to his 73 years at the Queen’s side, and his entire life in the public eye – Prince Philip gladly devoted himself to the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and his family.”

Prince Philip’s legacy will live on not just through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he has forged. Jill and I hold in our hearts the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and people of the United Kingdom of the Queen and Prince Philip during this time.

Twitter: @POTUS

Former US presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump also paid tribute to Prince Philip.

In his statement, Trump hailed the prince for “his outstanding example of service, perseverance and patriotism”, recognizing his military career as part of the Royal Navy.

“Over the past few years, Melania and I have been honored to have the opportunity to visit the UK. We have seen firsthand how the monarchy embodies and carries forward the virtues of the British people – and no one has done it more than Prince Philip, “said Trump.

The Obamas chose to remember Prince Philip as “kind and affectionate, with a sharp wit and an unfailing good humor”.

Their joint statement referred to a memory of their first meeting with the royal couple in 2009.

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“As two Americans unfamiliar with palaces and glitz, we didn’t know what to expect. We needn’t have worried. The Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity, transforming a ceremonial occasion into something much more natural, even comfortable, ”they wrote.

“By the queen’s side or by dragging the usual two steps back”, the Obamas said, “Prince Philip showed the world what it means to be a supportive husband for a powerful woman.”

Former US President George Bush also published a statement saying that both he and his wife Laura were “saddened” by the death of Prince Philip.

“Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will miss him,” Bush said. “We join those around the world who offer their deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the entire royal family.”

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In the UK, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared on the steps of 10 Downing Street to honor Philip with a speech to the nation.

“As the expert carriage driver he was, he helped lead the royal family and monarchy so that it remains an indisputably vital institution to the balance and happiness of our national life,” Johnson said.

The prime minister called on the UK to extend their best wishes and a show of support to the royal family, who said they had lost “a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great grandfather”.

Former British prime ministers Theresa May and David Cameron were also among those who issued condolences.

May said an “extraordinary debt of gratitude” was owed to the 99-year-old for his life in the service of both the queen and the country, while Cameron described his death as “desperately sad news.”

Around the world, other leaders paid tribute to Prince Philip, including Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, where the queen is also head of state.

“One family has lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” Trudeau said in a statement. “The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family as they mourn such a significant loss.”

Prince Philip was the patron of over 40 organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and the Outward Bound Trust.

His service earned him the first Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada, who was introduced to him by the Governor General of Canada during his last visit to the country in 2013.

It was with deep sadness that I learned of the disappearance of the Duke of Edinburgh today. A man of great determination and conviction, motivated by a sense of duty towards others, Prince Philip has contributed so much to the social fabric of our country and the world.

Twitter: @JustinTrudeau

The duke, born in 1921, is also remembered by other royal families throughout Europe.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark posted a portrait of Prince Philip on Instagram accompanied by a statement sharing that she had sent personal condolences to her British counterpart.

Prince Philip was a great-grandson of King Christian IX, who was the king of Denmark from 1863 until his death in 1906.

King Harald V of Norway demanded that flags be flown at half mast from his palace balcony on Friday and on the day of Philip’s funeral. The news of Philip’s death was greeted with “great sorrow,” said the Norwegian monarch.

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King Carl XVl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1983.

In Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf said in a statement that both he and Queen Silvia were “deeply saddened” by the news.

“Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relationship that we deeply appreciate,” said the Swedish ruler. “His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all.”

The royal family of the Netherlands – King William Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix – also issued a statement of condolences sharing how the “lively personality of Prince Philip never stopped leaving an unforgettable impression”.

Here are some of the tributes that the leaders of other leaders have shared.

Irish President Michael Higgins:

“For over sixty years, and as the husband of Britain’s longest serving monarch, Prince Philip has served the British people with an unfailing commitment and devotion to duty.” Statement by President Higgins on Prince Philip’s death:

Twitter: @PresidentIRL

French President Emmanuel Macron:

I wish to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Family and the British people upon the death of HRH Prince Philip who lived an exemplary life defined by courage, a sense of duty and a commitment to young people and the environment.

Twitter: @EmmanuelMacron

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland:

My wife @elizajreid and I send our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, @RoyalFamily and citizens of the UK and Commonwealth. Icelanders have fond memories of HRH Prince Philip’s visits to this country.

Twitter: @PresidentISL

Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan:

The people of Bhutan and I offer prayers and condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Her Majesty and the @RoyalFamily.

Twitter: @PMBhutan

Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan:

My condolences on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Britain lost an elderly sage who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service. His role in promoting Pakistan-UK relations will always be remembered.

Twitter: @ImranKhanPTI

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, president of Greece

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, born in Corfu, has served his country with devotion for many decades. I extend my deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the members of the @RoyalFamily and the British people.

Twitter: @PresidencyGR

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

My thoughts are with the British people and the royal family on the disappearance of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He has had a distinguished career in the military and has been at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace.

Twitter: @narendramodi

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and senior bishop of the Church of England:

I join the rest of the UK and the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Twitter: @JustinWelby