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Britain mourns death of Prince Philip at 99

  • Biden, Trump, Obama, Bush and Carter all pay tribute to Prince Philip who watched THIRTEEN Presidents come and go while serving beside the Queen

IMEKAN AUGUSTUS

For nearly seven decades Prince Philip was the rock behind the longest reign in the history of our monarchy, that vital thread in the fabric of Britain.

Our hearts, and those of our readers, go out today to Her Majesty — suffering the overwhelming grief of losing the man she has loved since she was 13 — and to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who adored him too.

For the nation, and the Commonwealth, their marriage was a symbol of unwavering stability during 73 years of almost unimaginable societal and technological change.

We owe them both a debt of gratitude for that.

ut when the Queen called Philip her “strength and stay” it wasn’t just down to his love and devotion.

When the Queen called Philip her ‘strength and stay’, it wasn’t just down to his love and devotion

Crucially, he made her laugh . . . his subversive, deadpan wit and reliably un-PC one-liners puncturing for her the po-faced solemnity of Royal rituals.

We may never know if he genuinely asked his wife, after all the pomp and pageantry of her 1953 coronation, “Where did you get that hat?” But it would have been typical.

Given how long his public role lasted it is easy to forget that Philip had endured a normal lifetime’s tragedy and upheaval before he even turned 16.

Queen Elizabeth II with Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019. Prince Philip had by then retired from royal duties

And that years before his wife ascended to the throne he was a genuine World War Two Navy hero decorated for bravery.

From the start of her monumental reign, though, his steadfast dedication to his wife, his duty and the countless charities he championed was immense.

And his work rate was simply staggering.

Thirteen Prime Ministers and 13 US Presidents came and went as the Duke travelled the world alongside the Queen, supporting her and representing our nation on 637 overseas tours.

He carried out 22,219 solo engagements.

Joe Biden led tributes to Prince Philip from US Presidents on Friday morning, saying his legacy ‘will live on’ long after his death at the age of 99.

Prince Philip died on Friday, peacefully at Windsor Castle, 74 years after marrying Queen Elizabeth II and 68 years after her coronation. During his extraordinary life, he saw 13 different presidents serve in the Oval Office, and has outlived many of them.

When the Queen ascended to the throne in 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower was in office.

US President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh after landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch on April 22, 2016

Since then, JFK, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W., Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump and Biden have taken office. Prince Philip met them all apart from Trump and Biden. When Trump visited the UK in June 2019, Prince Philip had already retired from royal duties, so did not take part in the state dinner.

Biden released a statement saying: ‘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.

‘His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped.’

Later, in the Oval Office, he said he was ‘one heck of a guy’ and added ‘he will be missed’.

‘I think he’s going to be missed, particularly in the United Kingdom. 99 years old and never slowed down at all which I admire the devil out of,’ he said.

Trump never met Philip but nonetheless shared a heartfelt tribute which read in part: ‘The world mourns the passing of Prince Philip, a man who embodied the noble soul and proud spirit of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Barack Obama tweeted earlier in the day: ‘Through his extraordinary example, His Royal Highness Prince Philip proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater.

‘Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, and the British people.’

Michelle retweeted his statement.

They both shared a photograph with the Queen and Prince Philip that was taken in 2016 at the Queen’s birthday lunch at Windsor Castle.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter expressed their condolences  too.

‘Laura and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,’ Bush sent in a statement from himself and former first lady Laura Bush.

‘Throughout his long and remarkable life, he devoted himself to worthy causes and to others,’ he continued in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s husband. ‘He represented the United Kingdom with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign.’

A statement from Carter’s Presidential Library states: ‘We are sorry to hear that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away.’

Both Bush, 74, and Carter, 96, met with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip when they were in office.

Carter’s library included an image of him and other heads of state dining with them in May 1977 during the G7 Summit in London.

Bush also remembered: ‘Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed. We join those around the world offering heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the entire Royal Family.’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement Friday on behalf of the entire U.S. Congress.

‘The US Congress extends condolences over the passing of Prince Philip, whose life was distinguished by an inspiring ethic of dedicated service,’ she wrote on Twitter. ‘May it be a comfort to Her Majesty & the Royal family that so many mourn with & pray for them at this sad time.’

The Queen announced on Friday morning with ‘deep sorrow’ the death of Philip at the age of 99, her ‘strength and guide’ throughout their 73-year marriage and her 69-year reign.

The Duke of Edinburgh spent his final days at Windsor Castle with his wife, who he lovingly called Lilibet throughout their long life together, after a 28-night stay in hospital having been admitted in mid-February for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.

The Royal Family said in a statement: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss’.

Her Majesty, who remains at Windsor Castle, is now expected to enter an eight-day period of mourning.

She will not carry out any duties, even in private, while laws will not be given the Royal Assent and affairs of state will also be paused.

Culled from The Sun/Dailymail

 

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