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Trump says Prince Philip’s death an ‘irreplaceable loss’ for UK

Former President Trump is calling the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, an “irreplaceable loss for Great Britain.”

“The world mourns the passing of Prince Philip, a man who embodied the noble soul and proud spirit of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” Trump said in a statement released hours after Buckingham Palace announced the 99-year-old patriarch of Britain’s royal family died “peacefully” at Windsor Castle on Friday.

Trump expressed an admiration for Philip, saying he “defined British dignity and grace.”

“He personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom,” he said. “His exceptional example of service, constancy, and patriotism will be his greatest legacy.”

Noting his trips with former first lady Melania Trump to the U.K. during his presidency, Trump said he and his wife “saw firsthand how the Monarchy epitomizes and carries on the virtues of the British People — and no one did so more than Prince Philip.”

Trump met the queen twice in visits to Britain while in office. Philip retired from public life in 2017.

The 74-year-old ex-commander in chief, who rarely issues effusive statements about public figures, said Philip’s death should inspire the world to “rededicate ourselves to the values to which he devoted his extraordinary life.”

“He will be greatly missed,” Trump said of Philip.

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