Royal Condolences on the Death of the Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle just before his 100th Birthday, and as the oldest and longest serving Consort to the longest-reigning Monarch in British History, who was also the longest-lived descendant of Queen Victoria and King Christian IX of Denmark, condolences have been coming in from Reigning and Former Royals around the world, who the Duke met and hosted on numerous occasions

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King Harald V of Norway is the second cousin once removed of the Duke of Edinburgh, and notably met him on the British State Visits to Norway in 1955, 1981, and 2001, an on State Visits to Britain in 1994 and 2005, as well as numerous family occasions, most recently the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Dinner at Buckingham Palace. King Harald V said:

The Royal Family has received with great sorrow the message that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.

Our thoughts go to Queen Elizabeth and the immediate family at the passing of Prince Philips. Our condolences also go to the British people, says His Majesty King Harald.

His Majesty the King has decided that in connection with the death, the flag will be flown at half mast from the Palace Balcony today and on the day of the funeral.

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The Duke of Edinburgh was particularly close to the Swedish Royal Family, as his aunt was Queen Louise of Sweden, who hosted a State Visit to Sweden in 1956, and he was the third cousin of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, notably meeting during the Swedish State Visit to Britain in 1975 and the British State Visit to Sweden in 1983. King Carl Gustaf said:

The Queen and I have received with great sadness the news of the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip has been a good friend of our family for many years, a friendship we have greatly valued.

His contribution to his country is an example for all of us.

We extend our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and the people of Great Britain.

In a podcast, King Carl Gustaf has said:

It was a very emotional and beautiful funeral. Different, of course. I had wanted to visit and attend the funeral. We had already started making contact a year ago, and tried to get the opportunity for a visit. I was afraid this would happen. Now Prince Philip was almost 100 years old, which in itself is wonderful.

He was a wonderful person, warm and cordial. Very humorous and always had a certain funny touch in what he said. We were out sailing together, then of course tourists came and stood at the edge of the harbour and looked down at us. Then Prince Philip said: “Now I know what it feels like to be a butterfly in a museum.”

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From Denmark, Queen Margrethe II, second cousin once removed, sent condolences to the Queen and British Royal Family. Born a Prince of Greece AND Denmark, the Duke of Edinburgh met Queen Margrethe on State Visits to Denmark in 1957 and 1979, and also hosted her on State Visits in 1974 and 2000.

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The Duke was a cousin to both King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, who were hosted by the Queen and Duke on their State Visit in 2017, said:

Dear Aunt Lillibet

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear Uncle Phillip.

We shall never forget the moments that we shared with him and the legacy of service and dedication to the Crown and the United Kingdom that he always carried out by your side.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Your Majesty and your whole family. With all our love and affection,

Felipe and Letizia” 

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King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, and Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands met the Duke many times, including the British State Visit to the Netherlands in 1958, the Dutch State Visit to Britain in 1982 and the Dutch State Visit to Britain in 2018, and said:

It is with great respect that we remember His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Throughout his long life, he committed himself with dedication to the British people and to his many duties and responsibilities. His lively personality never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression. Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all the members of the Royal Family.”

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium said:

Deeply saddened by the passing away of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We wish to express our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the British Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom. 
Philippe and Mathilde

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From Greece, where the Duke was born a Prince of Greece and Denmark 100 years ago, and maintained close family ties with King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece The entire Greek Royal Family has spoken out in tribute to the Duke. King Constantine  said:

“Prince Philip was a remarkable man who dedicated his entire life to duty and service for his country and the Commonwealth.”
The King added: “My sorrow is even deeper because of our close family ties. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
“He was a man of great character who will be remembered for his forward-thinking, sharp wit and his constant encouraging support to HM Queen Elizabeth II.”

In Germany, the Princely Family of Hohenlohe-Langenburg also released a statement. The grandmother of the current Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess Margarita, was the elder sister of the Duke:

Langenburg Castle, April 9, 2021: The entire princely family received the news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death with great sadness. Everyone was looking forward to his 100th birthday in June this year. The Duke of Edinburgh was the youngest brother of Princess Margarita zu Hohenlohe Langenburg (1905-1981), née Princess of Greece and Denmark, and great-uncle of Prince Philip: “Our grieving thoughts and our condolences are with Her Majesty the Queen and all of you Family in england. Prince Philip was a true gentleman with a great sense of humor, an incredible sense of duty and a wide range of interests, at the same time he was very familiar with us in Langenburg. An era is coming to an end and the world is losing a great personality. “

Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia, a first cousin twice removed of the late Duke, said

TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine and the entire Royal Family received with great sadness the news that HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, godmother of the Crown Prince, passed away today.

The whole life of Prince Philip was dedicated to the service of the British Crown and the people. He is survived by his wife, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, four children, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Prince Philip was the son of the Greek and Danish Prince Andrew, the brother of the Greek King Constantine, the maternal great-grandfather of the Crown Prince Alexander.

Crown Prince Alexander and the Royal Family had a good cousin, a sincere friend in the late Duke, whose memory will live forever. His departure will create a great void in the hearts of all who knew him.

From Luxembourg, Grand Duke Henri, another distant cousin of the Duke, said:

𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦,

𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐺𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐷𝑢𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑎𝑑𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑟 ℎ𝑢𝑠𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑, 𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑃ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑝.

𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑢𝑘𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐸𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑏𝑢𝑟𝑔ℎ’𝑠 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑦 𝑖𝑠 𝑢𝑛𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑑, 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑅𝑜𝑦𝑎𝑙 𝑁𝑎𝑣𝑦, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑃ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑝 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑙 𝑏𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑑𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑆𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑 𝑊𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑊𝑎𝑟. 𝐻𝑒 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑃𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑓𝑜𝑟 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡𝑜 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦, 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑑𝑜𝑚.

𝑃𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦, 𝑤𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑚𝑒𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑠. 𝑁𝑜𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑛𝑣𝑖𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑙 𝑐𝑎𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑢𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑙𝑦. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑝 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐻𝑖𝑠 𝑅𝑜𝑦𝑎𝑙 𝐻𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑚𝑦 𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑙 ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑑𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑚𝑦 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦.

𝑇𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝐿𝑢𝑥𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑔, 𝑤𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑀𝑎𝑗𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑦, 𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑚𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑈𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝐾𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑑𝑜𝑚 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑦𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑒𝑠.

𝐻𝑒𝑛𝑟𝑖

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While King Abdullah II of Jordan sent a message of condolence, Queen Rania paid tribute to the Duke in a scene from an interview to ITV from last year that was released now, after the Duke’s death

In Bhutan, King Jigme and Queen Jetsun Pema not only sent a message of condolence, but also offered prayers and lit 1,000 butterlamps in memory of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the Mongar Dzong. Upon Royal Command, special prayers have been held in monasteries across Bhutan, and in Thimphu, Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, joined by the Foreign Minister, British residents in Bhutan, and Bhutanese who studied in the UK, offered prayers and lit 1,000 butterlamps at the Simtokha Dzong.

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2 thoughts on “Royal Condolences on the Death of the Duke of Edinburgh

  1. On the occasion of celebrating 73rd Wedding Anniversary on November 21, 2020, The Queen honored Prince Philip with a deep love by saying that he has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years and he was an irreplaceable existence in her life. May his soul rest in peace.

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