World leaders pay tribute to Prince Philip’s duty and dedication

The prince’s military career and his support for charitable causes are remembered

World leaders have paid tribute to Prince Philip, who died on Friday age 99 after a lifetime of devotion to queen and country.
Tributes poured in from the United States, Europe and Commonwealth nations including Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada.
The UAE's leadership sent cables of condolences to Queen Elizabeth II. President Sheikh Khalifa expressed his heartfelt condolences and solace, the UAE state news agency Wam reported.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, dispatched similar cables of condolences to Queen Elizabeth.


US President Joe Biden lauded Prince Philip for his decades of service to the UK and his involvement with military causes.
"Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family," said President Joe Biden in a statement.

"The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more."
The prince's work with Commonwealth nations was honoured across continents.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the duke "embodied a generation that we will never see again".
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his thoughts were with the royal family.

"He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May he rest in peace," he said.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the duke would be "fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the Duke of Edinburgh as a "man of great service to others" who always sought the best in people "and challenged them to strive for greater heights".

“Over the years [he] became colonel‑in‑chief of six Canadian units. In 2011, he was named honorary general of the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as honorary admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy,” Mr Trudeau said.

In Europe, condolence messages were delivered from national capitals and the EU.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: "I am saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on this very sad day."

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou tweeted a picture of the Corfu-born Duke as a small boy with the words: Prince Philip served his country with devotion for many decades. I extend my heartfelt condolences to Queen Elizabeth, the members of the Royal Family and the British people.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said his death filled her with "great sadness".

"His friendship with Germany, his straightforward nature and his sense of duty will remain unforgotten."

French President Emmanuel Macron said Philip "lived an exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to youth and the environment".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Prince Philip had "capably supported the queen in her duties as sovereign for over 60 years", according to a statement from a spokesman.

"He was known for his dedication to charitable causes as a patron of some 800 organisations, in particular those focused on the environment, industry, sport and education."

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