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Prince Philip: World leaders and royals send heartfelt sympathy

By: BBC

Monarchs, heads of state and prime ministers across the world have sent heartfelt tributes following the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99.
Europe’s royal households and Commonwealth leaders alike praised the Duke of Edinburgh’s public service.
Joe Biden described the duke as a “heck of a guy”, and all living former US presidents also sent tributes.
Meanwhile, commemorative church services and remembrance ceremonies were planned on Sunday.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended a church service in Sydney. He earlier described the duke as “a man who was steadfast, who could be relied upon, who always [stood] by his Queen”.
The service at St Andrews Cathedral was attended by senior dignitaries, and the amended programme included prayers for the Royal Family and a naval hymn in honour of Prince Philip.
“On Prince Philip’s many visits to Australia, we have come to know him as a man of compassion and service, personal warmth, intellectual curiosity and generous spirit,” Reverend Kanishka de Silva Raffel said at the service.
He added that the duke’s death had left the community “deeply saddened”.
In neighbouring New Zealand, a ceremony is planned in the country’s capital, Wellington, for midday (00:00 GMT) and will feature a 41-gun salute.
Earlier, Pope Francis paid tribute to the duke’s “devotion to his marriage and family”.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church also noted the prince’s “commitment to the education and advancement of future generations”.
The spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, wrote to the Queen and Prince Charles, saying Prince Philip would be remembered for having lived a meaningful life.
President Xi Jinping of China also sent his condolences.
The duke, whose death was announced by Buckingham Palace on Friday, accompanied the Queen during hundreds of overseas visits.
‘Cherish the memories’
Prince Philip had blood ties with a number of former or current European royal households, and many of their members sent condolences.
The telegram from King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain was particularly poignant, sending “all our love and affection” to Aunt Lilibet (the affectionate name used by the duke for his wife) and Dear Uncle Philip.
“We shall never forget the moments that we shared with him,” they told the Queen.
Prince Philip rides in a carriage with Spain’s Queen Letizia in 2017 in Londonimage copyrightReuters
Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf said the duke had been “a great friend of our family for many years, a relation we have deeply valued”.
Swedish royal family spokeswoman Margareta Thorgren told the BBC the king and the duke had sailed together in England, adding: “That was the start of a great friendship between them.”
The Dutch royal family said they remembered Prince Philip with great respect, adding: “His lively personality made an indelible impression.”
Belgium’s King Philippe said he and Queen Mathilde would “always cherish the memories of our warm encounters”.
‘A pillar for the Queen’
Tributes came in too from the Commonwealth – 54 nations, most with roots in the British Empire and home to 2.4 billion people.
Australian flags are seen at half mast on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, following the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Sydney, Australia, April 10, 2021image copyrightReuters
Flags were lowered to half-mast at Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra, where a 41-gun salute took place on Saturday, and at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where in 1954 Prince Philip arrived alongside the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth on the first visit by a reigning monarch to the country.

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