On Friday, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip passed on at Windsor Castle after a brief illness.
The passing of the Prince who has been a lifelong companion of Queen Elizabeth since they got married upon her ascension to the British monarchy, was announced by authorities at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Philip who was 99 years of age, was mourned by some former British Prime Ministers. Below is what three had to say about the man who has primarily been known as the husband to Queen Elizabeth.
David Cameron Said:
He showed true dedication to our country, with unstinting service stretching back to his courageous naval duty in the Second World War. He has been a huge part of our national life since long before most of us were born.
It was an honour and privilege as Prime Minister to see up close what a powerful advocate the Duke was for the causes he believed in.
He leaves an incredible legacy, having supported so many British charities, institutions and good causes, not least pioneering his very own Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, which millions of young people have participated in and benefited from all over the world since 1956.Tony Blair said in a statement:
Our whole nation will be united in sadness at the passing of Prince Philip. He will naturally be most recognised as a remarkable and steadfast support to the Queen over so many years. However, he should also be remembered and celebrated in his own right as a man of foresight, determination and courage.
He was often way ahead of his time in protection of the environment, in reconciliation between religious faiths and of course in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which remains one of the most innovative and effective programmes for the betterment of young people anywhere in the world.
My condolences and prayers and those of my family are with Her Majesty the Queen and all the Royal Family.
Sir John Major said in a statement:
It is impossible to exaggerate the role that HRH the Duke of Edinburgh has played in his lifetime of service to the Monarchy and to the United Kingdom. A distinguished naval officer, he was – for over seventy years – the ballast to our Ship of State.
Modest to the core, and hating any kind of fuss or bother, he epitomised the British spirit and remained true to himself right up to the very end.
The outpouring of affection and sadness that will follow his loss would both surprise and embarrass him, but it will be real and heartfelt.
Our hearts go out to HM the Queen – and all members of the Royal Family – who have lost a much beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.