Donald Trump gave an elegant and touching tribute to the late Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away at age 99 on Friday.
“The world mourns the passing of Prince Philip, a man who embodied the noble soul and proud spirit of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” Donald Trump said in a statement. “Melania and I send our deepest and most profound condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to the entire Royal Family.”
“We send our most heartfelt sympathies to the British people,” the statement continued. “This is an irreplaceable loss for Great Britain, and for all who hold dear our civilization.”
“Prince Philip defined British dignity and grace,” Trump added. “He personified quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom.”
“As a young man, he served Britain honorably and courageously as a naval officer in the Second World War,” Trump said. “Aboard battleships in the Mediterranean, he saw combat at sea. He then participated in the pivotal Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943.”
“Like so many of his generation, in Britain’s darkest hour, he put his life on the line for God, country, and the values of freedom and self-government that forever unite America and the United Kingdom,” Trump continued.
“For seven decades, Prince Philip brought the same sense of duty and purpose to his role as consort and husband to the Queen,” he added. “He was admired by his fellow citizens, and respected by everyone around the world. His exceptional example of service, constancy, and patriotism will be his greatest legacy.”
“Over the past few years, Melania and I were honored to have the opportunity to visit the United Kingdom,” Trump continued. “We saw firsthand how the Monarchy epitomizes and carries on the virtues of the British People — and none did so more than Prince Philip.”
“As we grieve his loss, we celebrate his memory and rededicate ourselves to the values to which he devoted his extraordinary life,” Trump concluded. “He will be greatly missed.”