Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK'
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President BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE is remembering the life of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, saying he "gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK" through more than half a century of public service.

The patriarch of the British royal family died Friday at 99, Buckingham Palace announced. The Greece-born husband of Queen Elizabeth II "passed away peacefully" at Windsor Castle, the palace said in a statement.

"From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family," Biden said in a statement released by the White House.


"The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more," he added. Saying that he and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden surprises National Teacher of the Year The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE were keeping the queen and her family in their hearts, Biden said Philip's legacy "will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped."

The first lady tweeted that the two "are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the people of the United Kingdom in our hearts during this time."

"He was a heck of a guy," Biden told reporters Friday in the Oval Office.


"Ninety-nine-years-old and he never slowed down at all, which I admire the devil out of," he added.

Elizabeth is poised to host President Biden, along with other world leaders, at Buckingham Palace in June, ahead of the Group of Seven summit. Philip, who had retired from public life in 2017, was not among the members of the royal family reportedly scheduled to meet with the 46th president.

Lawmakers also offered their sympathies, with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to 498K, hitting new post-lockdown low | House to advance appropriations bills in June, July Rural Democrats urge protections from tax increases for family farms Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE (D-Calif.) lauding a life that featured "an inspiring ethic of dedicated service."

Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Opposition to refugees echoes one of America's most shameful moments White House defends CDC outreach to teachers union MORE (R-Ark.) praised Philip, saying he "always put crown and country before himself."

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) expressed sadness about the news, and former Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE (L-Mich.) said that Philip would be forever remembered.

In the wake of Philip's death, Buckingham Palace said Friday that "further announcements will be made in due course."

— Updated at 3:34 p.m.