Prince Philip dead at 99: Reaction from Canada and around the world

Tributes and condolences flowed in for a man who travelled widely and embraced his role as a living symbol of the monarchy
Prince Philip leaves a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Confederation Square in Ottawa on Oct. 15, 1977 (CP)
Prince Philip leaves a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Confederation Square in Ottawa on October 15, 1977. Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband of more than 70 years, passed away at Windsor Castle on Friday, Buckingham Palace announced. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was a well-travelled member of the royal family, with diverse interests and a vast range of patronages and personal connections—not least in Canada. In the minds of many people, he came to represent the institution of the monarchy almost as much as the Queen, herself.

No surprise, then, that Philip’s death drew reaction and remembrance from this country and around the world.

The announcement from the Royal Family’s official website:

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

Friday, 9 April 2021

Condolences are pouring in from prominent figures in British politics and public life:

From across the Commonwealth:

In Canada, which the Queen and Prince Philip visited many times, leaders and others posted countless tributes:

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement:

“It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh.

“A man of great service to others – first as a decorated naval officer and later as a dedicated leader in the areas of community engagement and philanthropy – the Duke always sought out the best in people and challenged them to strive for greater heights.

“Prince Philip maintained a special relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces and over the years became Colonel‑in‑Chief of six Canadian units. In 2011, he was named honorary general of the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as honorary admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy.

“The global program that bears his title – the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – has helped empower millions of young people from all backgrounds to realize their greatest potential, and is but one example of his contributions to the social fabric of this country and the world. He was also the patron of more than forty organizations in Canada, including the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and the Outward Bound Trust. During his last visit to Canada in April 2013, the Duke was named the first-ever Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada.

“Prince Philip was a man of great purpose and conviction, who was motivated by a sense of duty to others. He will be fondly remembered as a constant in the life of our Queen – a lifelong companion who was always at her side offering unfailing support as she carried out her duties.

“A family has lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. The thoughts of Canadians are with Queen Elizabeth II and the members of the Royal Family as they mourn such a significant loss.”

Richard Wagner is the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. In his role of “Administrator” until the position of Canada’s Governor General is filled, he issued this statement:

“Throughout his long life, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh devoted himself to the people of the Commonwealth and of Canada. He stood by Her Majesty The Queen for more than six decades, a constant and reassuring presence. He valued community, duty and service. He believed in wildlife conservation, volunteerism and supporting young people. A tireless world traveller, he showed that Canada held a special place in his heart by visiting this country more than any other.

“The Duke of Edinburgh leaves a legacy that has touched so many, especially the hundreds of thousands of young participants in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program. This program, which he established in Canada more than 50 years ago, has celebrated and encouraged service and excellence among young people across the country and around the world. His Royal Highness understood we must offer the next generations opportunities to succeed, and he believed in the power of youth to change the world for the better.

“As a sign of our enduring respect, His Royal Highness was made the very first Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada in 2013, a fitting tribute for an extraordinary man. He was also invested as Commander of the Order of Military Merit, an honour that speaks directly to his own military past and his commitment to our women and men in uniform.

“His Royal Highness devoted his life to his family and to fulfilling his unique role in our constitutional monarchy. Whether speaking with young Canadians about their hopes and dreams, presenting colours and meeting troops at military bases and events, or representing the Crown at state occasions, Prince Philip constantly showed his commitment to Canada. He was a great friend of this country and he will be dearly missed. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest condolences to the members of the Royal Family.”

The Governor General of Canada Twitter account posted this:

And other Canadian political leaders spoke up:

Other royal families in Europe weighed in:

Also, in an early entertainment industry reaction, the companies and team behind the hit TV streaming series The Crown reacted to the royal’s death.

“Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh,” they said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the royal family at this sad time.”

In his interactions with the public, the prince was known for his verbal gaffes, but also for his wry wit. Here’s Tony Dean, a Canadian senator:

The loss of Philip was felt in the sporting world, too. Jose Mourinho, the legendary soccer coach who currently helms Tottenham Hotspur, seemed almost verklempt:

Today, at the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in his one hundredth year, the nation and the Commonwealth…

Posted by Monarchist League of Canada / Ligue monarchiste du Canada on Friday, April 9, 2021