Israel’s Prime Minister pays tribute to Prince Philip

The Prime Minister of Israel expressed his condolences to the Royal Family and the UK population after the news of the death of Prince Philip.  

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the longest-serving consort to a British monarch, died peacefully this morning at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: ”Prince Philip was the consummate public servant and will be missed in Israel and across the world.”

President Reuven Rivlin echoed the sentiment in his own public statement. He said: “May his memory be a blessing.”

Prince Philip’s service in the Royal Navy was remembered yesterday on Holocaust Remembrance day, having attended memorial services at home and abroad over the years.

His mother, Alice, who died in 1969, was post-humously honoured by Israel for sheltering a Jewish family in Nazi-occupied Athens during the war.

In 1994, the Duke of Edinburgh made an unofficial visit to Israel, for a ceremony to mark his mother’s valor.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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.”

Together they had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

HRH had previously been admitted to hospital on 16 February where he remained for two weeks.

He was then transferred to St Bart’s hospital for treatment for an infection and heart condition after which he was discharged on 16 March in “good spirits” according to sources.

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