Queen Margrethe of Denmark has sent a personal message of condolence to Queen Elizabeth after the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh this morning.
The Danish Royal House said today: “Her Majesty The Queen has today sent personal condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in connection with the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip was born in 1921 as Prince of Greece and Denmark and was a great-grandchild of Christian the 9th.
“A portrait of Prince Philip was painted by the Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in 2017. In the painting, Prince Philip wears the Danish Order of the Elephant.”
The Duke was a cousin of Queen Margrethe as they shared a common ancestor in King Christian IX. Queen Margrethe and Queen Elizabeth are known to be very close friends, as well.
As the message from Margrethe was personal, the details of the correspondence has been kept private.
Prince Philip died peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. He would have turned 100 in June.