Barack Obama Writes Moving Statement After Prince Philip’s Death

“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,” the president said on Friday in a Twitter statement, which Michelle Obama also retweeted. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, and the British people.”

President Joe Biden released a statement of his own on Friday, writing, “Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.”

“On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,” the White House statement said. “Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly.”

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush also released tributes, alongside many other world leaders:

Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II on Friday to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing. 

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement said. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.” 

The duke died just shy of his 100th birthday. 

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