Boris Johnson: Prince Philip 'earned the affection of generations'
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday honored Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, following his passing, saying he “earned the affection of generations.”

Johnson honored Philip outside 10 Downing Street.

Philip “earned the affection of generations here in Britain, across the Commonwealth and around the world,” Johnson said.

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The prime minister added, “Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”

Johnson said that the royal family lost “not just a much loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband, a proud and loving father, grandfather, and in recent years, great grandfather.”

Buckingham Palace announced on Friday that Philip, the longtime husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died “peacefully” at Windsor Castle at the age of 99.

Philip became the queen’s consort, or official companion, after her father, King George VI, suddenly passed in 1952. He was the longest-serving British consort over his 73-year marriage to the queen.

Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, said that Philip “will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to The Queen,” according to The Associated Press.