Numerous world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, are offering their condolences to the royal family following Prince Philip’s death.
On Friday, Queen Elizabeth II announced that her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, had passed away that morning at Windsor Castle.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
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.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
After the news went viral, a number of leaders — past and present — paid their respects to Prince Philip on social media.
Prince Philip’s legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped. Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the people of the United Kingdom in our hearts during this time.— President Biden (@POTUS) April 9, 2021
It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh today. 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.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 9, 2021
I wish to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Royal Family and the British people upon the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip who lived an exemplary life defined by bravery, a sense of duty and commitment to the youth and the environment.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 9, 2021
Through his extraordinary example, His Royal Highness Prince Philip proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, and the British people. pic.twitter.com/qbH2ycbcaA— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 9, 2021
Prior to his death, Prince Philip — who retired from his public duties in August 2017 — had endured a number of health issues.
In mid-February, he was hospitalized at King Edward VII’s Hospital on the advice of his doctor after “feeling unwell.”
The next month, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said he was discharged following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition.
Born in 1921 into the Greek and Danish royal families, Philip joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 when he was 18.
He later married Elizabeth in November 1947 and subsequently dropped his Greek and Danish titles and styles, became a naturalized British citizen, and adopted his maternal grandparents’ surname, Mountbatten.
Per an obituary written by The Associated Press, Philip developed a reputation to speak his mind and made comments that many deemed as racist, sexist, or out-of-touch.
The outlet cites a time in 2002 when he asked an Aboriginal community in Australia, “Do you still throw spears at each other?”
He also reportedly once asked a sea cadet instructor if she worked at a strip club while visiting a military barrack.
Philip is survived by his wife, their daughter Princess Anne, and their three sons: next-in-line-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry and nine great-grandchildren, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie, and Princess Eugenie’s new baby boy, August, whose middle name is Philip.