LONDON – A new era has begun for Great Britain and the entire Kingdom.
Prince Philip passed away at Windsor Castle this morning at the age of 99.
A deep fissure in the heart of the British Kingdom.
For the Queen (94) it is a moment of deep sadness, because the great support for her life is no longer there.
The only consolation: Your husband did not die in hospital. He took his last breaths in his bed at Windsor Castle. The queen was by his side. The couple have long since been able to – and have been married since 1947 – to spend more time together in recent months than they have in past years.
Due to the Corona crisis, Prince Philip had to evacuate his retirement home in Sandringham County (about 2.5 hours from Windsor) and go into isolation with the Queen in Windsor.
Initially, the heir to the throne was Prince Charles (72), Prince William (38) and his wife Kate (39) informed, in addition to the Queen and Philip’s other children.
The sad news has already been passed on to Germany’s relative, Maximilian Andreas Margrave from Baden (87). Prince Harry (36) and Meghan (39) have also been informed.
Prince Philip was not allowed to leave King Edward VII Hospital until mid-March. Heart problems were treated there.
BBC plays the national anthem, condolences to Boris Johnson
The BBC played the national anthem on television in honor of Prince Philip. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 56, gave a televised address live, praising Philip as “the strength and support of the Queen.” The Prime Minister: “Today we mourn with Her Majesty the Queen.”
Philip has won the affection of all generations in Britain, the Commonwealth and around the world. “The veteran coach that he was, helped direct the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution. Which is undoubtedly important to bring balance and happiness to our national life.”
Through his experiences in WWII, he developed the “spirit of service” which he preserved through all post-war changes. Philip was ahead of his time, for example in his commitment to the environment.
Reactions to the death of the king
The spiritual leader of the Anglican Church in England, Archbishop Justin Welby, offered his condolences to the Queen on the death of her husband, Prince Philip. “I mourn the rest of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and I thank God for his extraordinary life of dedicated service.”
Welby said Prince Philip showed “untiring loyalty” to Queen Elizabeth 73 years ago. “On the occasions I met him, I always admired his apparent love of life, his inquiring mind and his ability to communicate with people from all walks of life. He was adept at calming people.”
Welby praised Prince Phillips’ commitment to the future of the planet. The archbishop said that he has been a prophetic voice for half a century. At the same time, he warned that the service of the Emir Consort should be taken as an example. “As we recover from the terrible challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, we need resilience and a deep commitment to serving others.”
The Norwegian royal family expressed condolences to the Queen and her relatives on the death of Prince Philip. The Oslo court said that the family of King Harald, 84, had received with great sadness the death letter of the Queen’s husband at the age of 99.
King Harald: Our thoughts are with the Queen and her family. “Our condolences also go to the British people.” The flags will be raised on the balcony of the palace in Oslo to half-mast on Friday the day of the funeral.
The Swedish royal family also dealt with great sadness. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (74): “Prince Philip has been a good friend of our family for many years, and it is a friendship that we cherish”. Philip’s commitment to his country is a role model for all. “We extend our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the royal family and the people of Great Britain.”
The Dutch royal family expressed their condolences to the British royal family. “We remember His Royal Highness Prince Philip with great respect,” said King Willem Alexander (53 years old), his wife Maxima (49 years) and mother of the king Princess Beatrix (83 years old) in The Hague. Oranje’s family hailed him for having put his long life at the service of the British people. His lively personality made an indelible impression.
The German ambassador to London, Andreas Michaelis, wrote on Twitter: “It is a great honor that he visited us on numerous occasions in Germany and helped us build a very close partnership between Great Britain and Germany.” Queen Elizabeth’s husband I will miss so much. The ambassador said his thoughts are with the Queen and her family.
Australia also mourns. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, 52: “For nearly 80 years, Prince Philip has served as the heir to the heir, his country and the Commonwealth of Nations. He has embodied a generation that no longer exists like this.”
Morrison stated that the Duke of Edinburgh has visited Australia more than 20 times. Queen Elizabeth is the Head of State. “Australians send their deepest love and condolences,” Morrison said. Morrison said flags in the country will be raised in the middle of it. It will be announced how Australia will celebrate Philips in the next few days.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 40, has conveyed mourning and condolences in the Pacific nation to the British royal family after Prince Philip’s death. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen at this very sad time. On behalf of the people and government of New Zealand, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the entire royal family.” Elizabeth II is the President of New Zealand.
Ardern also noted the “tremendous support” the Duke of Edinburgh had always provided to the Queen. Prince Philip had accompanied his wife on all ten visits to New Zealand, the first in 1953, and the last in 2002. The flags would be placed on all government buildings and on sea vessels at half mast.
Prince Philip was famous in Germany
Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (65) may offer the Queen’s condolences. “Prince Philip helped you, your family and the British people through difficult times and happy times. Thanks to poise, charm and intelligence, he won the respect and love of the people of your kingdom.” He personally experienced his “intelligent sense of humor” at the London and Berlin meetings with great pleasure.
“We Germans regret the loss of a victorious figure who made an important contribution to the reconciliation between our nations after the horrors of World War II. Prince Philip was loved and highly valued in Germany” As a member of the Royal Navy, Prince Philip fought for the liberation of Europe from National Socialist terror. He will remember his commitment to democracy and freedom.
The President of the European Union Commission Ursula von der Leyen (62 years old) expressed her grief over the death of Prince Philip. “I feel sad to hear about the death of Prince Philip,” she wrote on Twitter. “On this very sad day” she wanted to express her sincere condolences to the British Queen, the royal family and the British people.
Former US President George W. Bush, 74, wrote: “He represented the UK with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the King. Laura and I are delighted that we enjoyed the charm and intelligence of his company and knew how much he missed him.”
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, 81: “My deepest condolences and my deepest condolences to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince of Wales, the royal family and the British people. May his memory be a blessing. ”Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 71, also offered condolences.“ Prince Philip was a brilliant government employee and will be missed a lot in Israel and around the world. ”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (70 years old) expressed his condolences to the British people and the royal family after the death of Prince Philip. Moody wrote on Twitter that he wanted the soul of the Queen’s husband and Duke of Edinburgh to rest in peace. He also appreciated Phillips’ distinguished career in the military.