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Australia and New Zealand PMs pay tribute to Prince Philip

Leaders of Australia and New Zealand paid tribute to Prince Philip following his death earlier today.

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison said: “He embodied a generation that we will never see again.”

Philip visited Australia more than 20 times, presided as a patron or president of nearly 50 organisations, and encouraged more than 775,000 young Australians to explore their leadership potential through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

“Australians send our love and deepest condolences,” he said.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, referenced Philip’s famous frankness in her tribute to the royal consort.

She said: “He spoke plainly and joyfully, often saying what many would like to with a twinkle in his eye.

“We will all miss him dearly.”

Ardern also praised the Duke for his work through the DofE award: “Thousands of young people have completed life-changing challenges through the programme.”

The Prince was patron or member of over 780 organisations, including his appointment as Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army, and Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Airforce in 1977.

You can read all of South West Londoner’s Prince Philip coverage here.

Featured Image: “Postage Stamp Depicting Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip 1953” by Archives New Zealand licensed under Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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