“Most sad of days” PM’s emotional tribute to Prince Philip

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has paid tribute to Prince Philip, who he says “embodied a generation we will never see again” and has extended the sympathies of Australia to Queen Elizabeth.

“On behalf of the Australian people, and the Australian government, I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Her Majesty and the royal family to the passing of the Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh,” the Prime Minister said.

“The Duke’s life was one of the duty and of service, of loyalty and honour. Memories of him will of course tell stories of his candour, and a unique and forceful and authentic personality.


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“But above all, he was a man who was steadfast, who could be relied upon, always standing by his Queen.”

Mr Morrison announced that flags across the country will be flying at half-mast today, and that there will be a 41-gun salute outside Parliament House to pay tribute to the Duke.

He also revealed that he plans on attending a service at St Andrew’s Church in Sydney tomorrow to “give thanks and pay our respects” for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“While your strength and stay, your Majesty, may now have passed, Jenny and I pray that you will find great comfort in your faith and your family at this time,” The Prime Minister said.

“But we also, your Majesty, say to you as a Commonwealth, let us also now be your strength and stay, as you continue to endure, as you continue to serve so loyally and so faithfully, as you have done over so many generations.

“She has been there for us over such a long time. Let us be there now for you, your Majesty, and allow us to send our love to you on this, I am sure, one of your most sad of days.”

Mr Morrison described the Prince as a man of “steadfast commitment and loyalty”.

“There are many towering figures that the world has lost and known, but few have been before us in our lifetimes for such a long time,” he said.

His presence and service a reassurance, a reminder of the stability we so often need to a world that can be so uncertain.

“With his passing, we say farewell to another of the greatest generation.”

Prince Philip visited Australia on 21 occasions, more than any other British royal.

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