Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away this morning at the age of 99.
The palace said in a statement that the Duke and Prince of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle.
Announced: “The Queen deeply announced the death of her beloved husband, Her Royal Highness Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
“The royal family joined the people of the world who mourned his departure.”
The mourning response and messages soon began to arrive.
Buckingham Palace has asked the gathered citizens not to violate the restrictive measures against the coronavirus when paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “Prince Philip is very popular in Germany and highly respected.”
Steinmeier said: “In the London and Berlin meetings, I was very happy to experience his insightful humor firsthand.
King Philip of Belgium expressed condolences to the Queen on behalf of the Belgian royal family in a private message.
The Swedish King Carl Gustaf stated that he and Queen Silvia were “deeply affected by the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.”
He said: “Prince Philip has been a good friend of our family for many years. We deeply appreciate our relationship.”
The Prime Minister of Malta, Rob Abel, said that he was “sorrowed by the loss of Prince Philip. Prince Philip believed that Malta was his residence and returned there frequently.”
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said: “I am very sad to learn of Prince Philip’s death. May his soul rest in peace. I express my deepest condolences to Queen Elizabeth. At this inestimable moment, my miss and Pray to be with you. British people.”
Latvian President Egils Levits stated that he “expressed his deepest condolences to the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Queen Queen and the royal family”.