After news of Prince Philip’s death, prominent American leaders paid tribute to Prince Philip and his work.
Prince Philip embodied a generation we will never see again.
Both President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden released a joint statement commemorating the life of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,” began the President’s message.
From his service during World War II to his 73 years alongside the Queen and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family.”
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Mr Biden is reportedly due to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace in June. On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said it was not yet determined whether the president would attend the duke’s funeral.
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Donald Trump, who last visited the Royal Family in 2019, described Prince Philip as “a man who embodied the noble soul and proud spirit of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth”. He described Prince Philip’s death as an “irreplaceable loss for Great Britain, and for all who hold dear our civilisation”.
“Prince Philip defined British dignity and grace,” he said. “He personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom.” He added: “Over the past few years, Melania and I were honoured to meet him”.
Barack Obama and his wife Michelle said Prince Philip and the Queen had “already been on the world stage for more than half a century” at the time of the group’s first meeting.
During a visit in 2016, the then 94-year-old Prince Philip drove the Obamas to lunch at Windsor Castle. The Obamas said they would “miss him dearly”.
George W Bush
George W Bush praised the duke’s devotion to public service. “Throughout his long and remarkable life, he devoted himself to worthy causes and to others. He represented the United Kingdom with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign,” he said. He added that he and his wife Laura were “fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed”.
Also read: Queen Elizabeth: Prince Philip compromised his health to keep the promise he made to Harry.
Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said they joined people “from all around the world in giving thanks for his remarkable life of service”. They met Prince Philip and the Queen several times over the years, a statement by the couple said. “We enjoyed every opportunity we had to visit with him through the years and will always be deeply grateful for the kindness he showed us.”
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