Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has led tributes following the death of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
Boris Johnson appeared outside Number 10, Downing Street and spoke of Prince Philip’s “steadfast support for Her Majesty The Queen” as well as hailing Philip’s service in the Royal Navy.
In his address to the nation, Boris Johnson said, “It is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today. Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather, and, in recent years, great-grandfather.”
“Speaking on their golden wedding anniversary, Her Majesty said that our country owed her husband ‘a greater debt than he would ever claim or we shall ever know’ and I am sure that estimate is correct. So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen, we offer our condolences to her and all her family and we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
Other politicians have also paid tribute to The Duke of Edinburgh. Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition, commented, “Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country – from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Second World War to his decades of service as The Duke of Edinburgh.”
First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, spoke of Prince Philip, “I send my personal and deepest condolences – and those of the Scottish government and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.”
Offering his condolences, First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, said, “Throughout his long and distinguished life, he served the Crown with selfless devotion and generosity of spirit.”
Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, said that Prince Philip had “lived a long life that saw so much dedication to duty.”
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021.
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