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Long expresses condolences following death of Prince Philip

Alliance Leader Naomi Long MLA has expressed her condolences after Buckingham Palace announced the death of HRH Prince Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving royal consort in British history, leaving four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family at this very sad time,” said Mrs Long.

“My condolences in particular go to Her Majesty The Queen, who has lost her husband and constant companion and support of more than 70 years. No matter your role or how public your life is, that is a devastating thing to experience.

“It is important we recognise the work HRH Prince Philip carried out, not only in support of Her Majesty The Queen, but also in service to the country and Commonwealth, and vitally with young people in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme, which encouraged millions of young people across the globe to focus on self development and public service. That will be his lasting legacy.”