Some Monarchs, heads of state and past and present PMs from top countries like USA, Sweden to India and New Zealand have been paying tributes to the royal family following the death of Prince Philip.
The Royal Family and the Buckingham Palace confirmed earlier today the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99.
Tributes have been pouring in too from the Commonwealth – 54 nations, most with roots in the British Empire and home to 2.4 billion people.
Former President George W Bush praised the duke’s dignity, saying Prince Philip had had a “long and remarkable life” and had “devoted himself to worthy causes and to others”.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said the duke had “contributed so much to the social fabric of our country – and the world”. He added: “Prince Philip was a man of great purpose and conviction, who was motivated by a sense of duty to others. We will fondly remember him as a pillar in the life of our Queen.”
Former prime minister Julia Gillard said that while the duke had been “a man of duty, he had a sense of fun” while Scott Morrison said the duke had been a constant support to the Queen and had presided as patron over dozens of organisations in Australia.
The royal family in Netherlands said they remembered Prince Philip with great respect, adding: “He dedicated his long life to the service of the British people and to his many duties and responsibilities. His lively personality made an indelible impression.”
Belgium’s King Philippe sent a private message to the Queen, and said he hoped to speak to Her Majesty in person when possible. He said he and Queen Mathilde would “always cherish the memories of our warm encounters”.