April 9, 2021, will always be the day that marks the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the consort of Queen Elizabeth II- The Prince was ninety-nine years old. Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark was born on the island of Corfu on June 10th, 1921, he was a World War II veteran, and died two months shy of one hundred.
Long before Sir Winston Churchill used the phrase “special relationship” to describe the bond between our two countries during his “Sinews of Peace” speech in 1946 in Missouri- America and Britain fortunes have been inextricably intertwined.
No, this unique connection has not always been upon calm seas over the centuries, but it has endured, and our peoples share common threads of both ancestry and character for which we are willing to fight and sacrifice. Both countries share respect and commitment to upholding and instilling reverence to history written from the same pen.
Prince Philip had recently spent weeks in the hospital following heart surgery but was home, at Windsor Castle, when he passed.
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
The Right Wire Report community would like to extend our prayers, thoughts, and condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, and the entire Royal Family. Most of us can only imagine what it must be like to lose an intimate loved one that you have shared 73 years of your life. We also stand in remembrance with the British people everywhere to honor an extraordinary life and man.
In a statement, former President Trump said it best :
“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. Melania and I send our deepest and most profound condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to the entire Royal Family. We send our most heartfelt sympathies to the British people. This is an irreplaceable loss for Great Britain, and for all who hold dear our civilization.
For seven decades, Prince Philip brought the same sense of duty and purpose to his role as consort and husband to the Queen. He was admired by his fellow citizens, and respected by everyone around the world. His exceptional example of service, constancy, and patriotism will be his greatest legacy. Over the past few years, Melania and I were honored to have the opportunity to visit the United Kingdom. We saw firsthand how the Monarchy epitomizes and carries on the virtues of the British People—and no one did so more than Prince Philip. As we grieve his loss, we celebrate his memory and rededicate ourselves to the values to which he devoted his extraordinary life. He will be greatly missed.”
We shall leave this here:
As global leaders offer the Queen condolences on the death of Prince Philip, there is not a word from the US President or his Vice.
This despite US media full of the story. Biden and the Democrats do not like the UK.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) April 9, 2021
“The statement from the Bidens was released at 11:10 a.m., about 15 minutes after Breitbart News inquired about the timing for the Biden family’s expression of condolences.”
The statement read:
“On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. 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. 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. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped.
Jill and I are keeping the Queen and to Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.’
Here are other tributes from World Leaders and Dignitaries.
This is a very brief biography on Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh:
Here is a far more interesting and revealing Biography done on the Prince a few years ago:
As an aside, the Prince’s mother was in her own right a fascinating creature and no doubt held significant influence over the man he would become.
Yad Vashem‘s website: Princess Alice, who was also the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, is beloved in Israel for sheltering a Jewish family and was honored by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial as a “Righteous among the Nations,” an accolade for those who saved Jewish people during the Holocaust.
“The Greek royal family had been well acquainted with the family of Haimaki Cohen, a Jew and former member of Parliament, from Tricala, in northern Greece. In 1941, when Germany invaded Greece, the family fled to Athens – then still under Italian rule, where the anti-Jewish policy was more moderate. However the period of relative saftely lasted only until September 1943, when following Italy’s surrender to the Allies, the Germans occupied Athens and the hunt for Jews began. By that time Haimaki Cohen had died. His widow, Rachel, and her five children were looking for a place of refuge. The family’s four sons wanted to cross to Egypt, and join with the Greek government in exile that was in Cairo. But the trip proved too hazardous for Rachel and their sister. Princess Alice heard of the family’s desparate situation and offered to shelter Rachel and her daughter, Tilde, at her home. They were later joined by another son who was unable to make the journey to Egypt and had to return to Athens.”
Princess Alice was honored in a ceremony at Yad Vashem attended by her son, Prince Philip in 1994. He commented at the ceremony that no one in the family was aware his mother had hidden the Cohen family.
The Prince of Wales paid a private visit to the grave of his grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, while in Israel on Friday. pic.twitter.com/QqK0hYXG4X
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) October 3, 2016
Churchill was correct because he knew history and that great alliances achieve great outcomes. America and Britain forged a “special relationship” for a mutual goal, a noble one.
Lives across the globe have improved dramatically across the better part of a century because of our two countries. The World is changing rapidly, and with the Prince’s passing and the Queen holding steady at ninety-four, it would be foolish to adopt the “woke” anthem that endeavors to bury the past and label it all “bad.”
Knowledge and respect of history provide the framework from which humanity moves forward, not backward. To ignore the past, rewrite it, or worse, erase it, guarantees future generations will lose access to collective wisdom and fall victim to repeated missteps resulting in perpetual folly and misery for the masses.
One cannot live almost a century sitting ringside to the unfolding of modern history without becoming a part of history itself. Prince Philip was a partner and confidant to one of the most powerful and influential figures in that era. By all accounts, he was indispensable and a great comfort to Her Majesty the Queen, not only day to day, but during the most critical periods of the era, they lived as sovereigns together. Many choices the Queen of England has made over the last century impact far greater than just the British people. The Queen did not make her most crucial decisions in a vacuum.
Considering the seventy-year reign- wars, crisis, preserving the Commonwealth, preserving the Monarchy, and so much more. We owe a debt of gratitude and respect for the Prince’s sacrifice and duty of service.
“The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” – Thornton Wilder
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Author: Bekah Lyons
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