Prince Philip: a round-up of tributes

Prince Philip: a round-up of tributes
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After a long life of public service, Prince Philip has died at the age of 99. Below is Steerpike's rolling guide to the tributes paid by leading figures to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Faith leaders

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury: 'He consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service. During his naval career, in which he served with distinction in the Second World War, he won the respect of his peers as an outstanding officer. On the occasions when I met him, I was always struck by his obvious joy at life, his enquiring mind and his ability to communicate to people from every background and walk of life. He was a master at putting people at their ease and making them feel special. The legacy he leaves is enormous.'

Ephraim Mirvis, Chief Rabbi: ‘We remember the Duke’s interaction with, and affection for, the Jewish community in the UK and his connection with Israel, where his mother buried and which he visited in 1994. We have lost a most distinguished man who was a selfless and loyal public figure.’


Boris Johnson, Prime Minister: '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.'

Keir Starmer, Leader of the Opposition: 'He will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to The Queen. For more than seven decades, he has been at her side. Their marriage has been a symbol of strength, stability and hope, even as the world around them changed - most recently during the pandemic. It was a partnership that inspired millions in Britain and beyond.'

Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of House of Commons: 'His was a long life that saw so much dedication to duty. Today we must pause to honour him and to offer our sincerest thanks for the Prince’s devout faithfulness to our country – and all the nations shall miss him greatly.'

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland: 'I am saddened by news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died. I send my personal and deepest condolences – and those of the Scottish government and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.'

Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales: 'Throughout his long and distinguished life, he served the crown with selfless devotion and generosity of spirit.'

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer: 'For your humour and positivity, your years of military service, for all the young people you inspired and for the dedication to your duty, the whole nation thanks you.'

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London:  'Not only did His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh devote 70 years to undertaking royal duties but he also fought for Britain – and for the freedoms we hold dear today – during the Second World War. As Mayor, I know I can say on behalf of all Londoners that we will forever be grateful for the contribution His Royal Highness made to our city and our country. This includes his charitable work and The Duke of Edinburghs Awards, which has helped so many young people reach their potential.'


Richard Moore, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service or MI6: 'The Duke was a true friend of the Service and we had the privilege of hosting HRH on numerous occasions. Always his sharp mind, experience gained from active service and knowledge of global affairs shone through. As we all know, HRH called it as he saw it with directness and wit. Visits were never dull.'

World leaders

Joe Biden, President of the United States: 'His legacy will live on not only through his family but in all the charitable endeavours he shaped.'

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India: 'My thoughts are with the British people and the Royal Family on the passing away of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace.' 

Emmanuel Macron, President of France: 'An exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to the youth and the environment.'

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia: 'Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal family. The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia.'

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada: 'A man of great purpose and conviction, who was motivated by a sense of duty to others, Prince Philip contributed so much to the social fabric of our country - and the world.'

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand: 'Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. In over fifty years of The Award in New Zealand, thousands of young people have completed life-changing challenges through the programme.'

Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan: 'Britain has lost a wise elder who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service. His role in promoting Pakistan-UK relations will always be remembered.'

King Karl XVI Gustaf of Sweden: 'Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued. His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all.'

George W. Bush, former US President said: 'Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed.'


The Scouts: 'We were saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip, husband of our Patron Her Majesty the Queen. We are keeping his family in our thoughts at this time.'

Royal British Legion: 'A courageous character and proud veteran, Prince Philip embodied the fortitude and resilience of our Second World War generation and our Armed Forces. We are immensely thankful for his lifetime of faithful service and we mourn his passing deeply.'


Carol Vorderman, former Countdown host: 'I went for a private lunch with The Queen at Buckingham Palace quite a few years ago. They were both in their 80s and Prince Philip and she were flirting with each other madly and laughing. Theirs was a love and a marriage of more than 73 years. Deepest condolences Ma'am.'

Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur manager interrupted a press conference to pay tribute: 'I have a deep, deep, deep, utmost respect for the royal family, so my deepest condolences and I believe it is not just this country that is going to be sharing these feelings.'

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