- Boris Johnson has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, after he passed away at age 99
- The UK Prime Minister hailed Prince Philip's "bravery" and said the country will "give thanks for the extraordinary life and work" of the Duke
- Prince Philip died peacefully at Windsor Castle, it was confirmed on Friday, 9 April
Boris Johnson has joined the millions of people across the world paying tribute to Prince Philip, who died on Friday morning at Windsor Castle.
Johnson said Prince Philip was an "extraordinary life" and he hailed the Duke's "bravery" during his World War II service.
The UK Prime Minister released a statement on social media shortly after news broke of the Duke of Edinburgh's passing.
"By any measure, Prince Philip lived an extraordinary life - as a naval hero in the Second World War, as the man who inspired countless young people through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and, above all, as Her Majesty The Queen's loyal consort.
"Our thoughts are with Her Majesty and her family, who have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
"We are a kingdom united both in grief and gratitude; grief at Prince Philip's passing and gratitude for his decades of selfless service to the country."
Take a look at the tweet below:
Briefly.co.za earlier reported Prince Philip died peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday, 9 April. He had been the Queen's partner and source of strength for 73 years.
Philip had been in and out of the hospital with health complications and his health was reported to have been deteriorating for a period of time.
He also took a hiatus from public functions despite his gregarious and ever-stable nature. In the UK, flags on public and landmark buildings have been lowered to half-mast as a sign of honour and respect to the fallen royal leader.
An official statement was shared on The Royal Family Instagram page and partly read:
"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."
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