Prince Philip: Joe Biden and Scott Morrison among world leaders paying respect to Duke of Edinburgh

The US president said he and his wife Jill were keeping the royal family in their hearts

The president of the United States and the prime minister of Austrailia are among the world leaders to offer their condolences to the royal family, after the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away, aged 99.

Prince Philip, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, passed away at Windsor Castle on April 9.

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The duke and the queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.

What did Joe Biden say?

Joe Biden has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s “decades of devoted public service”, Second World War service and environmental efforts in remembering his legacy.

“Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly,” Mr Biden said in a statement.

"From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family.”

The Austrailian prime minister Scott Morrison and the president of the United States Joe Biden have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.

“The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the armed forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more.

“His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavours he shaped.”

‘Devotion to duty’

Other world leaders also offered their respects, with Irish President Michael D Higgins expressing his condolences to the Queen.

“On behalf of the people of Ireland, I wish to convey my condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her children, her extended family and the people of the United Kingdom,” he said in a statement.

He added: “For over 60 years, and as husband to Britain’s longest serving monarch, Prince Philip served the British people with an unfailing commitment and devotion to duty.

“In the course of his long service he frequently brought an air of informality to otherwise formal occasions.

“His distinctive presence and unique sense of humour put participants at ease and always engaged those who encountered him.”

President Higgins added the Irish saying “Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis”, meaning may his holy soul be on the right side of God.

‘Grace and generosity’

Barack Obama recounted how he and wife Michelle were apprehensive of the “palaces and pomp” when they visited during his time as US president, but that the queen and Philip put them “at ease with their grace and generosity”.

“Prince Philip in particular was kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humour.

"It was our first introduction to the man behind the title, and in the years since, our admiration for him has only grown. We will miss him dearly.”

‘Defined dignity and grace’

His successor Donald Trump said Philip’s death is “an irreplaceable loss for Great Britain, and for all who hold dear our civilisation”.

He said the duke “defined British dignity and grace” and “personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom”.

‘The Commonwealth family joins together in thanksgiving’

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison Tweeted that he “embodied a generation that we will never see again”.

“Australians send our love and deepest condolences to Her Majesty and all the royal family.

“The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia.”

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