Tributes after Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip dies aged 99

Tributes after Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip dies aged 99
Prince Philip. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Political leaders, well wishers and members of the public across the world have paid tribute to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, after his death at the age of 99.

Just after midday, a statement issued by Buckingham Palace spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

Prince Charles described his father’s life as an “astonishing achievement”.

Prince Charles said about Prince Philip’s life in a BBC programme: “His energy was astonishing in supporting my mama [the Queen] – and doing it for such a long time, and, in some extraordinary way, being able to go on doing it for so long.

Princess Anne, the sister of Prince Charles, said the duke “treated everyone as an individual, and gave them the respect he felt they were due as individuals”.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson said in a briefing in the Drowing Street that the duke had “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world”.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said he “consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service”.

In tribute to Prince Philip, Westminster Abbey tolled its tenor bell once every 60 seconds for 99 times from 18:00 BST – to honour each year of his life.

The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast earlier and a notice was posted on the gates to mark Phillip’s death.

People placed floral tributes outside the central London landmark, while hundreds of people visited Windsor Castle to pay their respects.

However, the government urged the public not to leave tributes at royal residences or gather amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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