Prince Philip dies aged 99: Tributes to ‘steadfast and loyal companion’ and war hero shared in Southwark

Katherine Johnston (09 April, 2021)

Flags fly at half mast as the country enters a period of mourning

9076The Duke of Edinburgh with (left to right) Paul Timms, Dean of Southwark’s Verger; The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark; Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE, The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London and Mrs Caroline Chartres, wife of the Bishop of London at Southwark Cathedral in 2016 Photo:Southwark Diocesan Communications

Tributes to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, have been shared by politicians, charities and arts organisations in Southwark after he passed away today aged 99.

A statement from the Royal Family said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

In a statement from Downing Street, Boris Johnson said the nation was  ‘united in grief and gratitude’.

The duke’s death comes just weeks after he ended a lengthy stay in hospital for an infection and pre-existing condition, and received heart surgery.

During his lifetime he developed a reputation as both one of the most accomplished members of the royal family, and hardest working. He will also be remembered for his gaffe-prone sense of humour.

At the time of his death he had been the Queen’s consort for 73 years.

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