Former President Donald Trump on Friday hailed Prince Philip for embodying “dignity and grace,” saying his “exceptional example of service, constancy, and patriotism will be his greatest legacy.”
Trump and former first lady Melania Trump sent their deepest condolences to Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family following the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing at age 99.
“Prince Philip defined British dignity and grace. He personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom,” Trump said in a statement.
He went on to chronicle Philip’s time in the Royal Navy, fighting in World War II as a naval officer.
“Aboard battleships in the Mediterranean, he saw combat at sea. He then participated in the pivotal Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943,” Trump said. “Like so many of his generation, in Britain’s darkest hour, he put his life on the line for God, country, and the values of freedom and self-government that forever unite America and the United Kingdom.”
Trump also celebrated Philip’s 73 years of marriage to Queen Elizabeth II, saying that as a husband, he displayed the same “sense of duty and purpose” as in the military.
“He was admired by his fellow citizens, and respected by everyone around the world,” Trump said. “His exceptional example of service, constancy, and patriotism will be his greatest legacy.”
Trump added that during various trips across the Pond, he and Melania got to experience how the monarchy “carries on the virtues of the British People.
“And no one did so more than Prince Philip,” he said.
Trump visited the Queen and Prince Philip in 2019 — bringing them elaborate gifts during his three-day state visit to the UK.