Pope Francis praised Prince Philip’s “outstanding report” on the public service in a telegram to Queen Elizabeth.
The leader of the Catholic Church offered condolences to the Queen after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle on Friday morning (04/09/21).
The tribute read: “Sadly at the death of your husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty and the members of the Royal Family.
“His Holiness recalls Prince Philip’s devotion to his marriage and family, his excellence in public service and his commitment to the education and advancement of future generations, and praises him for the merciful love of Christ our Savior.
“On you and on all who mourn his loss in the sure hope of the resurrection, the Holy Father invokes the blessings of the Lord of comfort and peace.”
The Dalai Lama also expressed condolences to the Queen.
In a statement on his official Twitter page, the Tibetan Spiritual Leader said: “After the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, I pray for him and express my condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and the Royal Family on this sad time. “
News of Prince Philip’s death at the age of 99 was announced by Buckingham Palace on Friday.
In a statement, the palace said: “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen announced the death of her beloved husband, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“HRH passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle this morning.
“Further announcements will be made in due course.
“The royal family, along with people around the world, mourn his loss.”