UK PM extends condolences over Prince Philip's demise

# 16:35
9 April 2021

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement on Prince Philip's demise shortly after Buckingham Palace broke the news, expressing his condolences and gratitude to the Duke on behalf of the entire nation for his "extraordinary life", which "shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people", APA reports citing Sputnik.

"We remember the duke ... 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," Johnson said. "And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation's thoughts must turn today."

The prime minister added that the royal had "earned the affection of generations" both domestically and across the world.

"Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life. We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," he concluded.