Tributes and condolences poured in today following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99.
Both the Premier and Bermuda’s Governor issued statements this afternoon.
Governor Rena Lalgie said: “Like many of you I was deeply saddened to learn this morning about the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. I offer my sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the members of the Royal Family.
“Prince Philip visited Bermuda on many occasions often in the company of Her Majesty and will be remembered fondly by all who met him during these visits. His commitment to young people both in Bermuda and across the world will live on in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.”
As the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth mourn the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, Premier David Burt offered condolences saying: “The world remembers a long and full life, lived to the fullest by a man of unstinting devotion to duty.
“Prince Philip brought a necessary focus on issues of conservation and the environment over many years earning considerable respect for these pioneering efforts.
“Locally, numerous Bermudian students have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme and have benefitted from the camaraderie and life-skills learned through the programme.
“As with any family, he is mourned today also as a husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. This is a personal and no doubt deeply felt loss for Her Majesty the Queen and on behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda I send our prayers for her comfort.”
Prince Philip’s life spanned nearly a century of European history that started from birth as a member of the Greek royal family until his death as Britain’s longest serving consort.
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