Uhuru joins world leaders in mourning Prince Philip’s death

Uhuru joins world leaders in mourning Prince Philip's death
President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: State House/Twitter

President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined other world leaders in mourning Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburg who passed away Friday.

Prince Philip, 99, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the longest serving royal consort in British history.

In his message of condolence and comfort to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Family, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the British people, President Kenyatta said the Duke of Edinburg has been a global unifying factor.

“His Royal Highness Prince Philip has been a towering symbol of family values and the unity of the British people as well as the entire global community. Certainly, we mourn a great man who cherished and worked for peaceful co-existence of the human race,” President Kenyatta said.

The President said he received the news of the death of Prince Philip with great sorrow and a deep sense of loss saying the People and the Government of the Republic of Kenya stands in solidarity with the Royal Family, the United Kingdom and the world in mourning the departed monarch.

Prince Philip, who devoted the majority of his life to the Queen and the Royal Family, died peacefully on Friday at the age of 99.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the 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.

“Further announcements will made in due course.

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

The Queen once referred to the Duke of Edinburgh as her “strength and stay,” and he has been by her side for more than 70 years.

He leaves behind four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchilden.

The Duke of Edinburgh  served alongside the queen for 65 years before retiring from public life in 2017 and remaining mostly out of the public eye since.

During his active years, he assisted in charting a new path for the monarchy under a young queen, championing Britain as well as environmental issues, science, and technology.

He was the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, and was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921.

When Philip was an infant, Greece’s king, Philip’s uncle, was forced to abdicate, and the family fled to Paris, with Philip famously being brought to safety in an orange box crib.

He married the Queen in 1947.

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