‘May his soul rest in peace’: PM Modi condoles Prince Philip’s death

‘May his soul rest in peace’: PM Modi condoles Prince Philip’s death

Hummingbird News Desk

NEW DELHI, 9 APRIL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condoled the passing away of Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and remembered the duke’s military career and his services to the community. “My thoughts are with the British people and the Royal Family on the passing away of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace,” PM Modi tweeted.

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According to BBC News, a statement issued by the palace just after midday spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

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The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor on 16 March after a month in hospital.

Boris Johnson said he “inspired the lives of countless young people”.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband,” the palace said.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister said that the duke had “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world”.

Meanwhile, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said he “consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service”

According to reports, the duke had been admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on February 17 after feeling unwell. On March 1, he was transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, also in London, where doctors continued to treat the infection as well as undertake testing for a pre-existing heart condition. After heart surgery, the duke was discharged from the hospital in mid-March.

The couple had been living largely in isolation at Windsor Castle because their advanced age put them at heightened risk from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Prince Philip and the queen received their first vaccinations against Covid-19 in January. Prince Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.

The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast and a notice was posted on the gates following the announcement of the duke’s death.

Bunches of daffodils, tulips, roses and lilies were among floral tributes placed by people outside the palace, while crowds began to gather at Windsor Castle.

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