Government ministers are sharing their condolences for the royal family following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh today.
Buckingham Palace announced Prince Philip, aged 99, died peacefully in his sleep this morning at Windsor Castle. Married to the Queen for 73 years, he was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care re-shared the post, expressing his gratitude for the Duke’s years of service.
He said: “HRH The Duke of Edinburgh led a life of duty to our country. We will mourn his passing but thank him for his extraordinary service.”
Following Boris Johnson’s statement this morning, other members of the Cabinet have taken to social media to share their condolences.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “For your humour and positivity, your years of military service, for all the young people you inspired and for the dedication to your duty, the whole nation thanks you.”
Secretary of State Dominic Raab also shared his sympathies: “My deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip lived a life of duty and service representing the United Kingdom across the Commonwealth and around the world. He will be profoundly missed.”
Gavin Williamson echoed this: “Incredibly saddened by the death of HRH Prince Philip.
“The country is united in grief and admiration for his lifetime of service. He will also be remembered for his work transforming young people’s lives, whatever their backgrounds, through the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.”
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) was established 65 years ago and aimed to empower young people from all communities to build their skills and confidence.
Home Secretary Priti Patel shared this statement:
A representative for the Conservative Party announced that all campaigning has been suspended until further notice out of respect for the Duke’s passing.
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