On the morning of April 9, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died at the age of 99, confirmed the royal family. Former President Barack Obama posted a tribute to the late King on Instagram a few hours after his death was announced, reflecting on his legacy as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and his impact as a British nobleman for more than half a century. “When we first met HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, he and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had been on the world stage for more than half a century, welcoming leaders like Churchill and Kennedy, Mandela and Gorbachev”, wrote Obama. “As two Americans not used to palaces and pomp, we didn’t know what to expect.”
The former president stated that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were gracious hosts who instantly put them at ease and made them feel comforted. “Prince Philip in particular was kind and warm-hearted, with a sharp mind and impeccable good humor,” he continued. “It was our first introduction to the man behind the title, and in the years since then our admiration for him has only grown. We will miss him dearly … At the queen’s side or behind the usual two steps behind,” pointed Prince Philip tells the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman. “Obama went on to list Prince Philip’s achievements as a member of the Royal Navy and as a fighter in World War II.
“As the world mourns his loss, we send our warmest wishes and deepest condolences to the Queen, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and all who knew and loved this remarkable man.”