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Tributes flow for Prince Philip

Posted: 9am 10 Apr 2021

As the world mourns the death of Prince Philip, many have paid their respects to the man who been has been a rock and confidant for Queen Elizabeth for more than 70 years.

Buckingham Palace released a statement at noon local time (Friday, 9pm AEST) saying the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

"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," the statement read.

"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."

Flags at Buckingham Palace and on government buildings across the UK have been lowered to half-mast.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Prince Philip "embodied a generation that we will never see again", and paid tribute to his service to Australia and the Commonwealth.

"Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal family," he said in a statement.

"The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip.

"God bless from all here in Australia."

Mr Morrison confirmed flags around the country will be lowered "in honour of His Royal Highness".

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also conveyed condolences on behalf of all Queenslanders to Buckingham Palace.

“The Duke of Edinburgh was a much loved and respected member of the Royal Family and will be remembered fondly in Queensland,” she said in a Facebook post.

“Prince Philip has travelled most of our vast state, visiting on 12 occasions from 1954 through to his last visit in 2011. We are all very saddened to hear of his death.”

As per Prince Phillip's wishes for a "no-fuss" farewell, the College of Arms has confirmed his funeral will not be a State Funeral and he will not lie in state.

It is believed his body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle and the funeral will take place in St George's Palace in the castle's grounds. A date and time for the service is not yet known.

Prince Philip had suffered ill health in recent months, spending weeks in hospital earlier this year and receiving treatment for a pre-existing heart condition. He retired from Royal duties in 2017.

Reaction across the Moreton Bay Region

As the news broke last night (AEST time), Moreton Daily readers were quick to express their condolences and pay their respects to a man many called a ‘gentleman’.

Here is a snapshot of what they had to say on the Moreton Daily Facebook page:

Lorraine McGlinn: Thank you for your service

Diane Pogonoski: May he Rest In Peace. He will be missed. So sad for the Queen

Cecile' Cahill: A long life well lived. Kudos to you sir for your dedication. Your very special life companion will miss you dearly. Godspeed. 🖤

Jo-Anne Wilson: RIP A true gentleman

Carol Roberts: Rip His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Our thoughts are with our Queen and Family 🙏🏻

Kerry Wood: Such a sad day, he was such a great man. I only hope the monarchy can remain as staunch and honourable as he was...thank you for your service Prince Phillip!!

Karen Drysdale: RIP Prince Phillip you always had your wife’s back, The Queen. 😞😞

Robyn Pavitt: Sad, but wow, what an amazing man! Sending kind thoughts to Queen Elizabeth from here in Australia.

Carol Sciberras: RIP Prince Philip. You were such a support to the Queen. You were her rock and your support always came through to the whole Royal Family. You will be so sadly missed.

Melbourne Marsters: RIP His Royal Highness Prince Philip. I can still remember when he visited Palmerston Island one of the 15 Islands in the Cook Islands on the Royal Yacht Britannia in the early 70s. Sincere heartfelt condolences to Her Royal Highness our Queen and the Royal family.

Lesley Doubleday: RIP Prince Phillip I remember seeing you in 1953/4 on your first trip to Australia in Wagga NSW.

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