Prime Minister’s statement on death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

first_imgPrime Minister’s statement on death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh It was with great sadness that a short time ago I received word from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99.Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world.He was the longest serving consort in history,one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the second world war at Cape Matapan, where he was mentioned in despatches for braveryand in the invasion of Sicily, where he saved his ship by his quick thinking and from that conflict he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post war era.Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young peopleand at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.We remember the Duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty The Queen.Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her “strength and stay”, of more than 70 years.And 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 Queenwe offer our condolences to her and to all her familyand we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:anniversary, commonwealth, conflict, death, Family, Father, Government, happiness, Minister, Prime Minister, prince, Queen, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, wedding, worldlast_img read more