President Biden offered his condolences to Queen Elizabeth and the entire royal family in the wake of Prince Philip’s passing Friday, vowing that the prince’s “legacy will live on.”
“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,” the 46th commander-in-chief said in a statement. “Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.”
The president praised the late Duke for his commitment to public service, his charitable works and his family.
“Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly,” the statement reads. “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.
“The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more.”
The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving royal consort in British history and a steady companion to Her Majesty during their 74 years of marriage, was 99.
The father to royal heir Prince Charles “passed away peacefully” at Windsor Castle on Friday morning, the Queen said in a statement.
“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,” Buckingham Palace wrote on Twitter, announcing his passing.
Known for his easygoing humor, dapper wardrobe and sometimes startling frankness, the Duke of Edinburgh was a tireless advocate for the monarchy, wildlife conservation, science and a proponent of mixing athletics with scholarship.
He also racked up more than 22,000 solo public engagements since 1952.
The oldest-ever male member of the British royal family, Philip was rarely seen in public after he retired from his public duties in August 2017.
But he still accompanied his wife to the weddings of their grandchildren, including Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in May 2018, Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018 and Princess Beatrice to Edoardo Mozzi in July 2020.
His most recent public event was a military ceremony at Buckingham Palace in July 2020.
Despite never being crowned king, the Duke played an important role behind closed doors, supporting his wife of seven decades during times of great tumult.