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Grand Duke Henri says the friendship Prince Philip shared with his father “holds a special meaning for my family”


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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg has sent a condolence letter today to Queen Elizabeth II following the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh yesterday.

The Grand Duke said that Prince Philip’s friendship with his late father, Grand Duke Jean, “holds a special meaning for my family.” Both the Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duke Jean fought in World War Two.

Grand Duke Henri praised Prince Philip’s longstanding service to the UK, calling it “unparalleled,” adding that he “brought the same discipline and intelligence to his activities as Prince Consort and will be fondly and respectfully remembered for his strong support and dedication to Your Majesty, Your family, and the United Kingdom.”

The Grand Duke’s full letter can be read below:

“Your Majesty,

“The Grand Duchess and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Your dear husband, Prince Philip.

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s longstanding service for Your country is unparalleled, starting in the Royal Navy, where Prince Philip excelled in several battles during Second World War. He brought the same discipline and intelligence to his activities as Prince Consort and will be fondly and respectfully remembered for his strong support and dedication to Your Majesty, Your family and the United Kingdom.

“Personally, we hold many great memories of our meetings over the past decades. Not only his earnest commitment to social and environmental causes, but also his wit and humour impressed us deeply. The friendship that Your Majesty and His Royal Highness shared with my late parents, still holds a special meaning for my family.

“Together with the people of Luxembourg, we send Your Majesty, Your family and the people of the United Kingdom our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies.

“Henri”

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