Queen Elizabeth’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip passed at Windsor Castle this morning. The man that has been married to the Queen since the 1940s has garnered plenty of public mourning in the hours since his passing with world leaders and the like expressing their condolences.
Vice President Kamala Harris released a statement saying, “His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, led a long, remarkable life—the hallmarks of which were loyalty and service.” She continued saying, “From his decorated service in the Royal Navy during World War II to his long marriage and partnership with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, he dedicated himself fully to his family, his country, and the Commonwealth. Whether he was promoting environmentalism or the wellbeing of military families, he brought a profound sense of purpose to all he did.”
Former President Barack Obama called the prince a “remarkable man” who “showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman. Through his extraordinary example, he proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness – all in service of something greater.”
The 43rd US President George W. Bush along with his wife Laura said they “are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed.”
The 70s era US President Jimmy Carter “He was gracious, kind and served Great Britain with honor.”
President Joe Biden made a statement saying, “On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.” His statement went on to say, “Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. 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.”
“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 official account for Buckingham Palace tweeted, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Prince Philip “helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”
Plans for Prince Philip’s funeral have been in place for years due to his age and were codenamed Operation Forth Bridge. Unfortunately, due to COVID, he will not have a state funeral. His body instead will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of his funeral at St George’s Chapel.