Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain led tributes to Prince Philip on Friday, praising his lifelong assist for Queen Elizabeth II and including that he had “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world.”
“He was the longest-serving consort in history and one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the Second World War,” Mr. Johnson stated in an announcement learn in somber tones.
Referring to the prince’s pastime of driving horse-drawn carriages, Mr. Johnson added that “like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”
The chief of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, echoed these sentiments, saying that Britain had “lost an extraordinary public servant.”
“Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country — from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Second World War to his decades of service as the Duke of Edinburgh,” Mr. Starmer added in an announcement. “However, he will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to the queen.”
Scotland’s chief, Nicola Sturgeon, said that she was saddened by the information of Philip’s loss of life and that she was sending her deepest condolences to the royal household.
Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, said that he was grateful for the contributions Philip had made to the town, together with his charity work, and that his legacy would positively affect the town for a few years to return.
Lindsay Hoyle, the House of Commons speaker, additionally paid tribute, saying, “His was a long life that saw so much dedication to duty.”
In pre-recorded remarks broadcast on ITV News, Theresa May, Mr. Johnson’s predecessor as prime minister, mirrored on Philip’s supporting function: “It must be quite difficult for a male consort. They have to recognize their life is the monarch or head of state. But throughout his life, Prince Philip provided that strength, that rock, that reliable support and played an immensely important role,” she stated.