Former President George W. Bush said the late Prince Philip “brought boundless strength and support” to Queen Elizabeth II, offering condolences to the Royal Family upon learning of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing .
“Laura and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” Bush said in a statement Friday morning. “Throughout his long and remarkable life, he has dedicated himself to good causes and others.”
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Bush said Prince Philip “represents the UK with dignity and brings unmitigated strength and support to the sovereign.”
“Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and spirit of his company, and we know how much we will miss him,” continued the former president.
“We join those around the world in offering our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the entire Royal Family,” he said.
Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday. He was 99 years old.
The royal family confirmed the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on Friday in a statement.
“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle”, indicates the press release.
An announcement regarding Philip’s death was placed at the gates of Buckingham Palace on Friday.
During the coronavirus lockdown in England, he was staying at Windsor Castle, west London, with the Queen, 94.
On February 16, Philip was admitted to a London hospital after feeling unwell. On March 3, he underwent surgery for pre-existing heart disease at Saint-Barthélemy Hospital before being transferred to King Edward VII Hospital on March 5 and finally released home on March 16.
Philip married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He and the Queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A former naval officer and avid polo player, Philip enjoyed solid health until old age, but had several health problems in recent years.
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At the time of his death, Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Councilor.
He was the second person to bear the title of “Duke of Edinburgh”, the first being his great-great-uncle, Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. His son, Prince Edward, will now assume the title.
Although he married in the British monarchy, royalty had been in Philip’s blood from birth. On June 10, 1921, he was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark – the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, as well as the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.
Philip’s deep-rooted royal roots have placed him in the line of succession to thrones of 16 countries.
Fox News’s Melissa Roberto and Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.
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