PM Imran Khan (L) and late Prince Philip. Photographs: File

Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter and despatched his condolences to Britain upon the demise of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who handed away on the age of 99  on Friday morning.

“Britain has misplaced a clever elder who was imbued with a novel spirit of public service,” PM Khan wrote.

“His function in selling Pakistan-UK relations will at all times be remembered.”

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, handed away on Friday morning, Buckingham Palace confirmed in an announcement.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was 99 years previous, was lately hospitalised and underwent a profitable coronary heart process.

“It’s with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen publicizes the demise of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” it mentioned in an announcement.

“His Royal Highness handed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Citadel.”

Philip had tied the knot with Elizabeth II in 1947, 5 years earlier than she took on her function as Queen.

He turned the longest-serving royal consort in British historical past.

The couple had 4 youngsters collectively, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Whereas the reason for demise has but to be revealed, Philip had been hospitalised over the previous few years, most lately in February.

Information of his demise got here after the monarchy was recovering from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, the place they levied harsh claims in opposition to the royal household.

What to anticipate

A coffin with the Duke of Edinburgh’s physique is anticipated to be moved over the following few days to Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London.

Princess Diana was additionally laid for a number of days earlier than her funeral in 1997.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the general public won’t be allowed to view the physique.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s last resting place is anticipated to be in Frogmore Gardens, within the grounds of Windsor Citadel.

Britain might be continuing in a state of nationwide mourning in the identical vogue as if the Queen had died.

The mourning interval will final till the duke’s funeral which can be executed earlier as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

Authorities buildings and navy amenities might be decreasing their flags at half mast, particularly to naval flags resulting from Prince Philip’s ties with the Royal Navy.

Nonetheless, the Royal Customary flag will proceed to fly at full mast because it represents the monarchy due to this fact, it’s by no means lowered.  

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