President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to Queen Elizabeth the second on the passing of her husband, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away this morning at the age of 99, two months shy of his 100th birthday.
In a statement, Ramaphosa says the Duke was a remarkable public figure who lived an extraordinary life and who will be fondly remembered by many people around the world.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Prince Philip’s sense of duty will never be forgotten, while Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, says his life was distinguished by his service to community.
Condolences pour in for the The Duke of Edinburgh:
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan says his role in promoting Pakistan-UK relations will always be remembered, while the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described Prince Philip as a man of great purpose and conviction to serve others.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the Duke as a consummate public servant and the United Nations’ Antonio Guterres says Prince Philip was known for his dedication to charitable causes as a patron of some 800 organisations, which particularly focused on the environment, industry, sport and education. – Report by Nandika Beukes.
Sherwin Bryce-Pease reports on the US’ reaction to the Duke’s passing:
Prince Philip was the longest serving consort in British history.