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Prince Philip dies: The arena will pay tribute to ‘guy of serious objective and conviction’ | UK Information

US President Joe Biden is among world leaders who have paid tribute to Prince Philip, remembering him for his sense of duty and devotion to the Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday morning at Windsor Castle at the age of 99.

Mr Biden and First Lady Jill sent their “deepest condolences” to the Queen.

The US leader said in a message: “Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly.

“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.

“His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavours he shaped.”

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described Prince Philip as a “man of great purpose and conviction”.

“Prince Philip contributed so much to the social fabric of our country – and the world,” he tweeted.

“He will be remembered as a decorated naval officer, a dedicated philanthropist, and a constant in the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

“The thoughts of all Canadians are with her and the entire Royal Family as they mourn this significant loss.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement: “Through his service to the Commonwealth he presided as patron or president of nearly 50 organisations in Australia.

“Given his own service, Prince Philip also had a strong connection with the Australian Defence Force.

“For 65 years, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has encouraged over 775,000 young Australians to explore their leadership potential.

“Forty thousand young Australians are currently participating in the program.

“Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal Family.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said: “He had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace.”

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, tweeted: “Britain has lost a wise elder who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service.

“His role in promoting Pakistan-UK relations will always be remembered.”

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Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, posted a statement on Instagram saying: “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time.

“On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty and to all the Royal Family”

A statement from the Kremlin said Vladimir Putin had sent a telegram to the Queen expressing “deep condolences”.

“Many important events in the modern history of your country are associated with the name of His Royal Highness,” Mr Putin wrote.

“He rightfully enjoyed respect among the British and international authority.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Prince Philip. His friendship with Germany, his straightforwardness and his sense of duty will not be forgotten.”

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted: “Upon the passing of The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, spouse of Queen Elizabeth II, I convey my deepest condolences on behalf of my country and the Turkish nation.

“I share the sorrow of the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.”

Former US president George W Bush has praised the Duke of Edinburgh’s devotion to worthy causes and to others.

In a statement issued on behalf of himself and his wife Laura, Mr Bush said: “He represented the United Kingdom with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign.

“Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed.”

“We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.

“Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her ‘strength and stay’, of more than 70 years.”

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