Boris Johnson pays tribute to Prince Philip following his death

·2-min read

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivered a speech in which he paid tribute to Prince Philip following his death on Friday.

It was announced by Buckingham Palace officials on Friday that the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest serving consort in British history, had passed away at the age of 99 earlier that morning.

Following the announcement, Johnson delivered a speech outside 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the British Prime Minister, and hailed the royal for his service during the Second World War, setting up the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, and supporting the Queen.

"We remember the Duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty The Queen," he said. "Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her 'strength and stay', of more than 70 years.

"And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today. Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.

"So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen, we offer our condolences to her and to all her family, and we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh."

The royal family have yet to make further comment, but Prince Charles and Prince William have acknowledged the Duke of Edinburgh's passing with visual tributes, by uploading photos of their respective official coats of arms onto their social media pages.

The Royal Family's Instagram account profile image was changed from a photo of the Queen to the United Kingdom's crest.

All three Instagram accounts shared the black and white image of the Duke of Edinburgh, dressed in his military uniform, released by the Palace on Friday.

The Buckingham Palace website has put up a holding page in memory of Philip, whose funeral, which was planned in consultation with him, will need to be revised due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He is survived by Queen Elizabeth II and their children Charles, Andrew, Anne, and Edward, as well as eight grandchildren, including Prince Harry and Prince William, and 10 great-grandchildren.