Vladimir Putin sends ‘deepest condolences’ to Queen over Prince Philip’s death

Russian president Vladimir Putin has sent his "deepest condolences" to the Queen after the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip died aged 99.

The announcement of the death of Her Majesty's husband was made in a statement by Buckingham Palace at 12pm on Friday.

In a message to Queen Elizabeth, Putin said: "Many important events in the contemporary history of your country are connected with the name of His Royal Highness.

"He has rightfully enjoyed the respect of the British nation as well as international recognition."

His message was uploaded in a statement posted on the Kremlin's President of Russia website at 4.10pm.

It also said: "Vladimir Putin sent a message to Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, conveying his deepest condolences on the passing of her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"Vladimir Putin wished Queen Elizabeth II fortitude and resilience in the face of this severe and irreparable loss and requested that his sincere condolences be passed to all the members of the royal family."

Boris Johnson, Sir Keir Starmer and US President Joe Biden have led tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh who died two months after his admission to King Edward VII Hospital in central London on February 16.

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said at the time the Duke was "feeling unwell" and had been taken to the facility as a "precautionary measure".

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He was then transferred to St Bartholomew Hospital where he underwent an operation on his heart and was treated for an infection.

The Duke of Edinburgh was driven back to Windsor Castle on March 16 after a month-long stay, his longest ever.

Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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.

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

"Further announcements will be made in due course."

US President Joe Biden said in a message: "Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly.

"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 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."

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