Posted on 10 April 2021

Death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip

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The President of the Republic is deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip.
Prince Philip dedicated his long life to serving his nation, from his engagement in the Royal Navy during World War II right though to his final years. France pays tribute to his tireless engagement, which has been an inspiration across generations, and particularly for the youth, in the United Kingdom and around the world. The President of the Republic salutes his extraordinary devotion, his sense of duty, his courage, his volunteer-work, and his brilliant mind, all of which have contributed to the enduring influence of the British monarchy throughout the world.

His legacy of engagement for the youth, for sports, and for the conservation of our natural environment, will live on. Long before environmental protection had become the global priority it is today, he took the helm at the World Wildlife Fund, steering it to its present-day success and influence.

Prince Philip was no stranger to our country, having lived here in his youth and visited France on many occasions, most recently in 2014 to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in Normandy. For our compatriots, he embodied British elegance and panache. He also knew the great price our two countries, allies and brothers in the fight for freedom, paid during the war. He was bestowed with the French Croix de Guerre for his service during World War II, as well as the Grand-Croix de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur. Our armed forces are profoundly grateful for his friendship and his support.
The President of the Republic and his spouse present their most sincere condolences to her Her Majesty the Queen, to The Royal Family, to the British people, and to all those whose lives he touched throughout the world.

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