2021-04-13 21:25:42 Prince Philip Death: World Leaders React
Prince Philip Death: World Leaders React
“Whether by the Queen’s side or two steps behind,” wrote former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, “Prince Philip demonstrated to the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.”
President Joe Biden is among the world leaders who have paid tribute to Britain’s Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, following his death on Friday morning.
The Bidens issued a statement in which they expressed their “deepest condolences” to the royal family and praised the Duke of Edinburgh’s incredible life, which spanned just a few months short of a century.
“Throughout his 99-year life, he witnessed our world change dramatically and repeatedly,” Joe and Jill Biden said. “From his service in WWII to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and throughout his public life, Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and his family.”
Prince Philip’s legacy will live on not only through his family, but also through all of the charitable endeavors he helped to shape. During this difficult time, Jill and I are thinking of the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the people of the United Kingdom.
Former US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump both paid their respects to Prince Philip.
Trump praised the prince in his statement for “his exceptional example of service, constancy, and patriotism,” citing his military service in the Royal Navy.
“Over the past few years, Melania and I have had the honor of visiting the United Kingdom. We saw firsthand how the Monarchy exemplifies and perpetuates the virtues of the British people — and no one did so better than Prince Philip,” Trump said.
The Obamas remembered Prince Philip as “kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humor.”
Their joint statement recalled their first meeting with the royal couple in 2009.
“As two Americans unfamiliar with palaces and pomp, we had no idea what to expect. We shouldn’t have been concerned. “With their grace and generosity, the Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease, transforming a ceremonial occasion into something far more natural, even comfortable,” they wrote.
“Whether at the Queen’s side or two steps behind,” the Obamas said, “Prince Philip demonstrated to the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.”
Former US President George W. Bush also issued a statement, saying that he and his wife Laura were both “saddened” to learn of Prince Philip’s death.
“Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed his charm and wit, and we know how much he will be missed,” Bush said. “We join those all over the world in expressing our heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the entire Royal Family.”
In the United Kingdom, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared on the front steps of 10 Downing Street to honor Philip with a national address.
“Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he assisted in steering the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life,” Johnson said.
The prime minister asked the British people to send their condolences and support to the royal family, whom he described as having 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 among those who issued condolence statements.
May said the 99-year-old owed a “extraordinary debt of gratitude” for his life of service to both the Queen and the country, while Cameron called his death “desperately sad news.”
Other world leaders, including Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, where the Queen is also head of state, paid tribute to Prince Philip.
In a statement, Trudeau said, “A family has lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.” “Canadians’ thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family as they mourn such a significant loss.”
Prince Philip supported over 40 Canadian organizations, including the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and the Outward Bound Trust.
His service earned him the first-ever Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada, which he received from the governor general of Canada during his most recent visit to the country in 2013.
It was with great sadness that I learned of The Duke of Edinburgh’s death today. Prince Philip was a man of great purpose and conviction, driven by a sense of duty to others, and he made significant contributions to the social fabric of our country – and the world.
Other royal families in Europe are also remembering the Duke, who was born in 1921.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II shared a portrait of Prince Philip on Instagram, along with a statement expressing her condolences to her British counterpart.
Prince Philip was the great-grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark, who reigned from 1863 until his death in 1906.
Norway’s King Harald V has ordered 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 met with “great sorrow” by Norway’s monarch.
In Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf issued a statement saying that he and Queen Silvia were both “deeply saddened” by the news.
“Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relationship that we have deeply valued,” the Swedish monarch said. “His service to his country will continue to inspire us all.”
The Dutch royal family — King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, and Princess Beatrix — also issued a condolence statement, expressing how Prince Philip’s “lively personality never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression.”