Biden praises Prince Philip’s ‘decades of devoted public service’ and extends condolences to the British royal family

President Joe Biden on Friday extended his condolences to the British royal family and the people of the United Kingdom over the death of Prince Philip.

“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,” a statement from the president said.

“Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly,” the statement went on to say. “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.”

Biden praised Prince Philip over his “decades of devoted public service,” the impact of which 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.”

“His legacy will live on not only trough his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped,” he added.

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama also issued a statement offering their condolences on the death of Prince Philip, who they described as “kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humor.”

The Obamas recalled meeting the British royal family for the first time, saying: “As two Americans unaccustomed to palaces and pomp, we didn’t know what to expect.We shouldn’t have worried. The Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity, turning a ceremonial occasion into something far more natural, even comfortable.”

Their statement also highlighted how “Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.”

“Through his extraordinary example, he proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness – all in service of something greater,” it went on to say.

Other world leaders also extended condolences to the royal family.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred to Prince Philip as a “much-loved and highly respected figure,” as well as a “devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.”

“I wish to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Royal Family and the British people upon the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip who lived an exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to the youth and the environment,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a statement said Prince Philip’s death filled her with “great sadness.”

“His friendship towards Germany, his straightforwardness and his sense of duty will not be forgotten. All our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family,” Merkel added.

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