Former US presidents, first ladies mourn passing of Prince Philip

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US President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 30 July 30 2020. EPA/YURI GRIPAS / POOL

(dpa) – Former US presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama and their wives have expressed their sadness at the death of Britain’s Prince Philip.

“Prince Philip defined British dignity and grace. He personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude, and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom,” Donald and Melania Trump wrote. “As we grieve his loss, we celebrate his memory and rededicate ourselves to the values to which he devoted his extraordinary life.”

Barack and Michelle Obama recalled their concerns before meeting the British royals, but said they needn’t have worried as Queen Elizabeth and Philip put them at their ease “with their grace and generosity, turning a ceremonial occasion into something far more natural, even comfortable.”

“Prince Philip in particular was kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humour. It was our first introduction to the man behind the title, and in the years since, our admiration for him has only grown. We will miss him dearly,” the Obamas said.

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