Announcements of obituary follow from world leaders on the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised the late Prince’s role in the reconciliation between Germany and Britain. Several countries announced their flags at half-mast.
The British Weapons College said that Prince Philip’s funeral will not be official and that his body will not be recorded so that the public can take a final look at him before the funeral, and added that the ceremony has been modified in light of the restrictions imposed to combat the Corona epidemic.
The college continued: “The funeral will not be formal and the body will not be placed in an open coffin. The body of His Royal Highness will lie in Windsor Castle before the funeral in St. George’s Church. These arrangements are consistent with tradition and with the wishes of His Highness.” “Funeral arrangements have been modified in light of the prevailing circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and unfortunately, we ask people not to attend or participate in any funeral-related events,” she added.
The Queen’s unwavering supporter
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered his condolences on the death of Prince Philip, saying that Britain “will give thanks, as a country and a kingdom for his extraordinary life and work,” adding, “We remember the Duke … above all for his unwavering support to Her Majesty, not only as a companion who stood up to By her side every day of her reign, but also as a husband. She has had strength and support for more than 70 years. And I say to Her Majesty the Queen and her family: The hearts of our country are with you today. ”
Flags at half-mast in New Zealand, Australia and Norway
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed her condolences on the death of the Prince, on behalf of the Commonwealth country. Ardern was quoted as saying that “Prince Philip will be remembered fondly for the courage he has given to so many young New Zealanders through the (Hillary) Prize that the Duke of Edinburgh received,” referring to a youth program launched by the Prince. Ardern ordered the flags to be flown at half-mast on all government buildings and on navy ships, according to the statement.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison joined world leaders in the memorial service for Prince Philip. “Australians send their love and warmest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the royal family,” Morrison wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “He (Prince Philip) embodied a generation that we will never see again.” Morrison announced that flags will be lowered at half-mast in Australia “in honor of His Royal Highness.”