Past prime ministers pay tribute to ‘desperately sad’ news of Prince Philip

Former Prime Ministers have come out to express their condolences after the passing of Prince Philip aged 99 at Windsor this morning.

Theresa May, David Cameron and Gordon Brown have all taken to Twitter to pay their respects given their past working relationships with HRH.

Cameron, Prime Minister from 2010-2016, wrote in a statement: “It is desperately sad news.

“He showed true dedication to our country, with unstinting service stretching back to his courageous naval duty in the second world war.

“It was an honour and a privilege as Prime minister to see up close what a powerful advocate The Duke was for the causes he believed in.”

Theresa May also shared her condolences, saying: “All my thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the whole Royal Family today on the loss of a devoted husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather.

“The nation and the entire Commonwealth owe Prince Philip an extraordinary debt of gratitude for a distinguished life of service to the Queen, our country and so many around the world.”

Gordon Brown said: “The whole country will be saddened by the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and wish to express their condolences to HRH The Queen today.

“Our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty and the Royal Family.”

You can read the rest of SWL’s Prince Philip coverage here.

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