The Duke of Edinburgh announced today that he will no longer carry out public engagements, and is taking a retirements of sorts after 65 years as consort to The Queen.
A wave of tributes to Prince Philip have been seen all over social media, with kind messages of gratitude towards The Duke of Edinburgh’s loyal service and strong commitment to Britain and it’s citizens.
Prime Minister Theresa May made an announcement following the Duke’s decision: “On behalf of the whole country, I want to offer our deepest gratitude and good wishes to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh following today’s announcement that he will stand down from public duties in the autumn.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is an outstanding public servant. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude. I always enjoyed his company, esp his BBQs! pic.twitter.com/mVHSZOJNMT
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 4, 2017
“From his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen to his inspirational Duke of Edinburgh Awards and his patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes, his contribution to our United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider world will be of huge benefit to us all for years to come.”
David Cameron wrote a tweet, thanking Prince Philip for his service, saying he will miss Philip’s famous BBQ’s.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson thanked him on behalf of the nation:
Duke of Edinburgh has given the most extraordinary public service for over 60 years with dedication, energy and wit. Our nation thanks him
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 4, 2017
While new Evening Standard editor, George Osborne, decided to run this front page:
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) May 4, 2017
Labour leader, Jeremy Corby – known to be a staunch republican – wrote:
“I would like to pay tribute to Prince Philip following his decision to retire from public service. He has dedicated his life to supporting the Queen and our country with a clear sense of public duty.
“His Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has inspired young people for more than 60 years in over 140 nations. We thank Prince Philip for his service to the country and wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.”
Mayor of London the Sadiq Khan twitter account:
Wishing Prince Philip well on his retirement. On behalf of all Londoners, thank you for your contribution to our city and country. pic.twitter.com/gm9xdIrdNM
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 4, 2017
Christian Adams, multi-award winning Political Cartoonist for the London Evening Standard tweeted a funny one, below. Until recently, Philip owned a London black cab.
We at The Crown Chronicles would also like to send our best wishes to Prince Philip, thanking him for his steadfast presence and work alongside Her Majesty; having worked for more than 70 years, including serving the UK during WWII, we hope is retirement is comfortable and happy.
— Christian Adams (@Adamstoon1) May 4, 2017