Prince Philip ‘discharged coronation oath’ to Queen says expert
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Buckingham Palace announced Philip’s death just after midday in a statement that said the Royal Family would join with people across the world “mourning his loss”. Hundreds of people travelled to Windsor Castle to pay their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh after the sad news was issued. But other tributes poured in virtually from political figures from other countries the Royal Family have close ties with.
In a statement issued from Canberra, Mr Morrison said: “For nearly 80 years, Prince Philip served his Crown, his country and the Commonwealth.
“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was, in the words of Her Majesty, her ‘strength and stay’.
“He embodied a generation that we will never see again.
“Beginning as a naval cadet in 1939, he served in war and in peace. When Her Majesty ascended the throne, The Duke ended his military service and became her constant support.
Commonwealth nations have paid tribute to Prince Philip after his death (Image: GETTY)
“Prince Philip was no stranger to Australia, having visited our country on more than 20 occasions.
“Through his service to the Commonwealth he presided as patron or president of nearly 50 organisations in Australia. Given his own service, Prince Philip also had a strong connection with the Australian Defence Force.
“For 65 years, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has encouraged over 775,000 young Australians to explore their leadership potential. Forty thousand young Australians are currently participating in the program.
“Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal family. The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia.
Australian PM Scott Morrison posted his condolences following the Duke’s death (Image: GETTY)
“Further details about Australia’s remembrance of Prince Philip will be announced over the coming days. Flags will be lowered in honour of His Royal Highness.”
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper said in an obituary of Philip that Australians appreciated the duke’s “irreverent directness”.
The newspaper also reports Australia’s governor-general David Hurley describing Philip’s death as a “sad and historic day”.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “My thoughts are with the British people and the Royal Family on the passing away of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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Narendra Modi also posted his sympathies after Philip’s death was announced (Image: GETTY)
“He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace.”
The Times of India also reported Philip’s death as one of its lead stories.
The newspaper said the duke “earned a reputation for a tough, no-nonsense attitude and a propensity for occasional gaffes”.
Over in the US, The New York Post’s coverage said Philip was known for his “easy-going humour, dapper wardrobe and sometimes startling frankness”.
The Duke of Edinburgh sadly died today at the age of 99 (Image: EXPRESS)
It added: “Despite never being crowned king, the Duke played an important role behind closed doors, supporting his wife of seven decades during times of great tumult.”
Elsewhere around the world, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden praised Philip as “a good friend of our family [and] a friendship we have placed great value on”.
The Belgian Royal Palace has said it is “deeply saddened” by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, tweeting a tribute along with photos of the family with Philip.
The palace said: “Deeply saddened by the passing away of His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We wish to express our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the British royal family and the people of the United Kingdom. Philippe and Mathilde.”
The Queen and Prince Philip were married for more than 70 years (Image: GETTY)
Vladimir Putin also issued his condolences to Queen Elizabeth over the death of Prince Philip, the Kremlin press service has announced.
Mr Putin was said to write that Philip was “tied to many important events in the recent history of your country. He was rightly respected among the British public and bore international authority.”
He also wished Queen Elizabeth “courage and mental fortitude in the face of a heavy and irreparable loss,” and asked his condolences to be passed on to all members of the Royal Family.