“By the Queen’s side or usually two steps back,” wrote former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, “Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a husband. of support for a powerful woman ”.
President Joe Biden is one of the world leaders who paid tribute to British Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, after the news of Philip’s death Friday morning.
In a statement, the Bidens presented their “deepest condolences” to the royal family and continued to acknowledge the incredible life of the Duke of Edinburgh, which lasted a few months to a century.
“Over the course of his 99-year life, he has seen our world change dramatically and repeatedly,” said Joe and Jill Biden. “From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and all his life in the public eye – Prince Philip has dedicated himself with pleasure to the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and their family. ”
Former US Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have also paid tribute to Prince Philip.
In his statement, Trump hailed the prince for “his exceptional example of service, perseverance and patriotism,” recognizing his military career as part of the Royal Navy.
“In recent years, Melania and I have been honored to have the opportunity to visit the United Kingdom. We saw first-hand how the Monarchy embodies and carries the virtues of the British People – and no one has done more than Prince Philip, ”Trump said.
Obama chose to remember Prince Philip as “kind and warm, with an intelligent spirit and an infallible good humor.”
Their joint statement referred to a memory of their first encounter with the royal couple in 2009.
“As two Americans are not used to palaces and pomp, we didn’t know what to expect. We shouldn’t be worried. The Queen and Prince Philip immediately reassured us with their grace and generosity, transforming a ceremonial occasion into something much more natural, even comforting, ”they wrote.
“Beside the Queen or usually two steps back,” Obama said, “Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman.”
Former US President George W. Bush has also issued a statement saying he and his wife Laura were “saddened” to hear of Prince Philip’s death.
“Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and ingenuity of her company, and we know how much we will miss them,” Bush said. “We join those around the world who extend their heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the entire Royal Family.”
In the UK, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared on the steps in front of 10 Downing Street to honor Philip with an address to the nation.
“As the experienced car driver he was, he helped guide the royal family and the monarchy in a way that remains an indisputably vital institution for the balance and happiness of our national lives,” Johnson said.
The Prime Minister asked the UK to address the best wishes and a show of support to the royal family, who said he had lost “a devoted husband and a proud and beloved father, his grandfather and, in the last year, the grandfather ”.
Former British Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron were also among those who issued statements of condolences.
May said an “extraordinary debt of gratitude” was due to the 99-year-old for his life of service to both the Queen and the country, while Cameron described his death as “desperately sad news”. .
Around the world, other leaders have paid tribute to Prince Philip, including Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, where the queen is also head of state.
“A family has lost a husband, a father, a grandfather and a beloved grandfather,” Trudeau said in a statement. statement. “Canadians’ thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth II and members of the Royal Family as they mourn such a significant loss.”
Prince Philip was the owner of more than 40 organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Institute of Aeronautics and Space and the Outward Bound Trust.
His service earned him the first Extraordinary Order of the Order of Canada, which was presented to him by the Governor General of Canada during his last visit to the country in 2013.
The Duke, who was born in 1921, is also remembered by other royal families throughout Europe.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark posted a photo of Prince Philip on Instagram accompanied by a shared statement that she had sent her personal condolences to her British counterpart.
Prince Philip was a great-grandson of King Christian IX, who was King of Denmark from 1863 until his death in 1906.
On Friday and the day of Philip’s funeral, King Harald V of Norway asked for flags to be flown halfway down from the balcony of his palace. The news of Philip’s death was received with “great sadness,” the Norweigan monarch said.
In Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf said in a statement that he and Queen Silvia were “deeply saddened” by the news.
“Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relationship we hold in high esteem,” the Swedish sovereign said. “His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all.”
The royal family of the Netherlands – King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix – have also issued a statement of condolence sharing how “the living personality of Prince Philip has never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression”.
Here are some of the tribute leaders that other leaders have shared.
Irish President Michael Higgins:
French President Emmanuel Macron:
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland:
Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan:
Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan:
Katerina Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and oldest Bishop of the Church of England: