"Prince Philip: Biden, Ardern and other world leaders pay tribute to Duke of Edinburgh"

12th Apr,2021

"Prince Philip: Biden, Ardern and other world leaders pay tribute to Duke of Edinburgh"

"The United States"
President Joe Biden called the prince "one heck of a guy" in his tribute on Friday. "His lifetime of service, his bravery serving in World War Two, the charitable things he set up... Extraordinary life. He's going to be missed.
"Ninety-nine years he never slowed down. I admired the devil out of him," he added.
In an official statement earlier in the day from Mr. Biden and his wife Jill, he said: "Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. 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.
"The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as a 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 through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped.
"Jill and I are keeping the Queen and to Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time."
Donald Trump, the former president and long-time fan of the Royal family, issued a statement of condolence, writing: "Prince Philip defined British dignity and grace. He personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom.
"As we grieve his loss, we celebrate his memory and rededicate ourselves to the values to which he devoted his extraordinary life. He will be greatly missed," Mr. Trump added.
Former President Barack Obama tweeted: "Through his extraordinary example, His Royal Highness Prince Philip proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater.
"Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, and the British people," he added.
In Texas, former US President George W. Bush said: "Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed.
"We join those around the world offering heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the entire Royal Family."

"India"
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute on Friday to Prince Philip's military career and community work after the Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99.
"My thoughts are with the British people and the Royal Family on the passing away of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the Commonwealth member's premier tweeted.
"He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace."

"New Zealand"
Jacinda Ardern has ordered that flags on all government buildings and naval vessels be flown at half-mast. Following the Duke's funeral, national memorial service will be held in Wellington.
“Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty and to all the Royal Family," said Ms. Arden.
“Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. In over fifty years of The Award in New Zealand, thousands of young people have completed life-changing challenges through the program.
“New Zealanders will also remember The Duke of Edinburgh’s enormous support for Her Majesty The Queen. His time as a royal consort exceeded that of any other royal consort in British history. His Royal Highness accompanied The Queen on her ten visits to New Zealand, the first being in 1953, and the last in 2002."
The Duke of Edinburgh held a number of New Zealand honours and appointments.