Northern Ireland First Minister: Prince Philip had ‘profound and positive impact on thousands of our young people’

Northern Ireland’s First Minister has extended her condolences to the Royal Family following the announcement of Prince Philip’s death today.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, died this afternoon. 

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “He had a profound and positive impact on thousands of our young people who found their purpose, passion and place in the world through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

“This inspirational programme is just one example of the many charities and voluntary organisations in which he was involved right up to his retirement from public service at the age of 96.”

The DUP leader added: “He had a strong interest in Northern Ireland and I had the privilege of meeting him here on a number of his many visits.”

Prince Philip first visited Northern Ireland in 1946, and visited 19 other times during his life.

Foster concluded: “I offer my deepest sympathies and condolences to her Majesty the Queen and to all the members of the royal family at this sad time.” 

Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has also expressed her condolences to his family today.

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