Sky News’ royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills paid an emotional tribute to Prince Philip today after the Queen’s husband died aged 99.
Buckingham Palace confirmed The Duke of Edinburgh “passed away peacefully” this morning at Windsor Castle (April 9).
Moments after the news broke, Rhiannon appeared on Sky News to pay tribute and, understandably, the emotion was raw.
With her voice wavering, she said: “This will come as deeply upsetting for the Royal Family, the royal household and, most significantly, the Queen.”
Rhiannon proceeded to read out the official statement from the Palace, pausing to take a moment every so often.
She continued to praise his “unfaltering commitment to the queen” while appearing to fight back tears.
"I think now as we have that opportunity to really look back on his life he really has left behind the most remarkable personal legacy,” she continued.
"Whether it is through his career in the Navy, his charity work, his support for the Queen.
"And also his efforts throughout the decades to modernise the monarchy."
The Duke's death will now prompt a period of national mourning, and, of course, for his widow the Queen, 94, four children Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Downing Street has lowered its flags to half-mast following the tragic news and the country’s political figures and global leaders have paid tribute.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Prince Philip earned the affections for generations in the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he “joins with the rest of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth in mourning the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip”.
His death comes just two months after he was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London on February 16 after "feeling unwell".
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