Dalai Lama sends condolences for passing of Prince Philip

Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in July 2020.

Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in July 2020. File photo/AFP

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McLEOD GANJ, India, 10 April 2021

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama expressed his sympathies and condolences to the Queen of Britain and the royal family for the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

In a letter to the Queen Elizabeth II, he wrote: “I am sorry to learn the sad news that your husband, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away. I will pray for him and offer my condolences to Your Royal Highness and your family at this sad time.

“As we all remember him, we can rejoice that he lived a meaningful life.”

Buckingham Palace announced the news of Prince Philip’s death at midday local time on Friday. He died aged 99, two months before his 100th birthday. The Palace said he “passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Tributes have poured in from around the world, acknowledging Philip’s dedication to charitable causes for decades.

The British government announced that all official flags be lowered to half-mast at all UK government buildings until 8 am the morning after the funeral of Prince Philip. Gun salutes were fired across Britain on Saturday in solemn tribute to Prince Philip. Buckingham Palace is expected to announce details of the funeral later on Saturday.

A Greek prince, with links to royals in Denmark and Russia, Philip married Elizabeth in 1947. Five years later Elizabeth became queen at the age of 25. Philip had four children with Elizabeth: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

In a separate letter to Prince Charles, the Dalai Lama wrote: “I have written to your mother, Her Majesty the Queen, offering my condolences at this sad time. As someone who counts you as a dear, respected friend, I would also like to offer my condolences to Your Royal Highness and your family.”

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