The world’s media has paid tribute to Prince Philip today after it was announced the Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99.
News websites across the globe – from Europe to North America, Australia and Asia – all ran the story at the top of their pages as a fitting tribute to a man whose life and legacy meant so much to so many.
In Germany, newspaper Bild paid tribute to him as ‘the Queen’s greatest support’ while broadsheet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted The Queen saying Prince Philip was her ‘Strength and Support’ at the top of its homepage.
French daily newspaper Le Parisien quoted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in its headline, writing: ‘Death of Prince Philip: Boris Johnson hails the “extraordinary work of the Duke of Edinburgh”‘.
France’s Le Monde, a daily afternoon newspaper, had the news on its homepage, writing: ‘Philip Mountbatten, husband of Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday at the age of 99, marked his time with a complex personality to say the least.’
Germany newspaper Bild wrote its website’s front page: The Queen mourns her husband. Prince Philip is dead. The 99-year-old fell asleep peacefully at Windsor Castle
Farewell to Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s discreet shadow for over 70 years. The only one who could say to the Queen “Shut up” – the headline on Italy’s La Repubblica
France’s Le Parisien wrote: Death of Prince Philip: Boris Johnson hails the ‘extraordinary work of the Duke of Edinburgh’
Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted The Queen saying Prince Philip was her ‘Strength and Support’ at the top of its homepage.
France’s Le Monde, a daily afternoon newspaper, had the news on its homepage, writing: ‘Philip Mountbatten, husband of Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday at the age of 99, marked his time with a complex personality to say the least’
News of Philip’s passing made its way around the world after Buckingham Palace issued a statement on Friday afternoon saying that Prince Philip had died ‘peacefully’ that morning at Windsor Castle.
The duke had spent his final days at Windsor with his wife after a 28-night stay in hospital having been admitted in mid-February for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.
Philip’s passing was prominent on the home pages of many news outlets in the United States as well.
Fox News announced ‘Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passes away at age of 99’, accompanied by a picture of Prince Philip, The Queen and their four children. CNN led with a picture pf Prince Philip with the headline: ‘Prince Philip has died at age 99’.
In Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh, who went where the storm carried him,’ while Canada’s Toronto Sun shared the news with a picture of the Duke boarding a plane with The Queen, waving to a crowd.
America’s Fox News wrote: ‘Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passes away at age of 99’
US news CNN wrote: ‘Prince Philip has died at age 99’
In Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald also had the news at the top of its page. ‘The Duke of Edinburgh, who went where the storm carried him’ it wrote
Her Majesty announced her husband’s death at midday. Buckingham Palace said in a statement: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss’.
His death plunges the nation and the Royal Family into mourning, and brings to an end Philip’s lifetime of service to Britain and to Elizabeth, the Queen who adored him since her teens.
Her Majesty is now expected to enter an eight-day period of mourning. She will not carry out any duties, even in private, while laws will not be given the Royal Assent and affairs of state will also be paused.
A further period of official Royal Mourning is expected to continue for 30 days.
Officials at Buckingham Palace are now preparing for a royal ceremonial funeral at Windsor Castle in Berkshire in keeping with Philip’s wishes, with a military procession also expected in London – Covid laws permitting.
The Toronto Sun wrote: ‘Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth, dies age 99
De Telegraaf, the largest Dutch daily morning newspaper, wrote: ‘British Prince Philip passed away’
Russian news agency TASS wrote: Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip dies
Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf also paid tribute, calling Philip ‘a good friend of our family [and] a friendship we have placed great value on.’
‘His contribution to his country is an example for all of us. We extend our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family and the people of Great Britain,’ he added.