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and then he, he opened up silver. and then he, he opened up buckingham palace, hoped up the royal family and of course he supported the queen in the most wonderful way, so, supported the queen in the most wonderfulway, so, he supported the queen in the most wonderful way, so, he turned it all on its head because people were very very worried and there are even letters saying i am worried about this new man in the princess's life and when she marries him will it be the right one and the rest of it. understand she was thejewel in the crown, she would be the future queen. and he supported her all the time, little ways you could sigh them as both peter and the lady on before, i have forgotten her name. daniela. ., . . ., ~ daniela. you watch them working to . ether daniela. you watch them working together you _ daniela. you watch them working together you knew _ daniela. you watch them working together you knew he _ daniela. you watch them working together you knew he was - daniela. you watch them working l together you knew he was checking and he would find a child or take a bun of flowers and make sure it was in put in the pile she would be given. he was very aware of normal and real people, and normal and real
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people, people who did you know, four carriage riding with him, people who were working on the estate, they knew him as a friend notjust estate, they knew him as a friend not just as a estate, they knew him as a friend notjust as a prince. fik. estate, they knew him as a friend notjust as a prince.— notjust as a prince. 0k. peter, very briefly. — notjust as a prince. 0k. peter, very briefly. you _ notjust as a prince. 0k. peter, very briefly, you have - notjust as a prince. 0k. peter, very briefly, you have 20 - notjust as a prince. 0k. peter, l very briefly, you have 20 second, the papers are all being incredibly generous, very kind and rightly. and they are the first draft of history, how will history sum him up? i think they will sum him up in terms— i think they will sum him up in terms of— i think they will sum him up in terms of his incredible contribution to the _ terms of his incredible contribution to the queen, family life and the monarchy — to the queen, family life and the monarchy. but the crucial thing we should _ monarchy. but the crucial thing we should focus on is what he said how did he _ should focus on is what he said how did he think— should focus on is what he said how did he think his epitaph would be and he _ did he think his epitaph would be and he responded, i did he think his epitaph would be and he responded, lam not really concerned. — and he responded, lam not really concerned. i— and he responded, lam not really concerned, i will be dead by then. 0k, concerned, i will be dead by then. 0k. we _ concerned, i will be dead by then. 0k, we believe it there. wonderful to have you both on the show. that it from the special programme. from us all, good night.
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welcome to our coverage, we will continue through the night to bring you reaction to the death of prince philip — and over these next few hours we will focus particularly on some of that reaction from around the world. the duke died this morning at windsor castle at the age of 99. in a statement, buckingham palace said... soon after the announcement of prince philip's death, borisjohnson made a statement outside downing street.
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he said prince philip had earned the affection of generations. prince philip earned the affection of generations here in the united kingdom, across the commonwealth and around the world. he was the longest serving consort in history, one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the second world war, at cape matapan, where he was mentioned in dispatches for bravery and in the invasion of sicily, where he saved his ship by his quick thinking. and from that conflict, he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post—war era. like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.
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he was an environmentalist and the champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable. with his duke of edinburgh award scheme, shaped and the of countless young people and that literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions. we will remember the duke for all of this and above all, for his steadfast support for her majesty the queen. prince philip pledged , at his marriage in 1947, to give lifelong support to his wife. after she ascended the throne in 1952, he was permanent presence at her side. his sense of duty and service has been mentioned in many of the tributes, including president biden, who said that the duke's
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legacy will live on, �*through all the charitable endeavours he shaped'. 0ur diplomatic correspondent james landale reports on reaction around the world to the duke's death. for more than 70 years, the duke of edinburgh crisscrossed the world. sometimes at the queen's side, sometimes on his own, leaving an international legacy that was reflected in the global tributes paid today. breaking news from the uk. the royal family has issued a statement. across the world, his death made the headlines. from a white house that you knew so well, the current incumbent sent his condolences.
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his royal highness, he was a heck of a guy. 99 years old, he never slowed down at all. which i admired. it was to the commonwealth that the duke travelled so often. sometimes marking journeys from empire to independence, sometimes renewing friendships with others where the queen is head of state. prince philip was a man of service, motivated — prince philip was a man of service, motivated by a sense of duty to others — motivated by a sense of duty to others i— motivated by a sense of duty to others. i know through the duke of edinburgh — others. i know through the duke of edinburgh award he helped empower millions— edinburgh award he helped empower millions of young people. you should have seen his royal highness at the last commonwealth heads of government meeting. it was extraordinary, he was the heart and the soul. i think he will be greatly missed. he brought spice and
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excitement wherever he went. i don't think we will see the like of him again. the duke had a global perspective, even presenting a television programme about his travels, but also representing britain at memorials for a world war in which he played an active part. chancellor angela merkel said his friendship with germany would not be forgotten. president macron of france said that he lived an exemplary life defined by bravery and duty. greek born of danish blood, the duke was an elder statesman of european royalty. in a telegram to the queen, the spanish royalfamily said... 0ne place where the duke may be especially missed is an island in the south—west pacific where
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he was worshipped by some as a god. we heard from president biden there, well former us presidents have also paid tribute. in a statement released by barack and michelle 0bama, they said prince philip was kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humor. we will miss him. and another former president, donald trump, has said philip was a man who embodied the noble soul and proud spirit of the united kingdom and the commonwealth. as we grieve his loss, we celebrate his memory and rededicate ourselves to the values to which he devoted his extraordinary life. let's hear more on us reaction — our correspondent david willis is in los angeles. david, lovely to see. i have been looking through some very warm tributes paid by presidents past and present, what did you take out of
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them? , . , them? very warm indeed. very ersonal them? very warm indeed. very personal reminiscence - them? very warm indeed. very personal reminiscence from - them? very warm indeed. very - personal reminiscence from barack 0bama. he mentioned a little bit of it there, that he talked about meeting the queen and prince philip for the first time with his wife michelle. at that point, he said they had been on the world stage for more than half a century. we shouldn't have worried, he went on, the queen and prince philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity. they turned a ceremonial occasion into something more natural and even comfortable. he goes on to say, prince philip in particular was kind and warm with a sharp wit and unfailing good humour. the tributes have been paid to all the surviving us presidents. most particularly, of course, president biden himself, who expressed condolences on behalf of all the people of the united states.
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we talked about the special relationship, if there is a special relationship, if there is a special relationship, it is epitomised by the life of the duke of edinburgh. suchis the life of the duke of edinburgh. such is the longevity of his life, world war ii, serving in the royal navy. he was there for the surrender of the japanese forces. he has met and known many of the russian president through the cold war and of course has known many of the american presidents?— american presidents? yes, you mentioned _ american presidents? yes, you mentioned a — american presidents? yes, you mentioned a special— american presidents? yes, you| mentioned a special relationship american presidents? yes, you - mentioned a special relationship and thatis mentioned a special relationship and that is something that has been much trumpeted down the years by politicians from both sides of the pond. but barack 0bama, going back to him, made the point that the royalfamily and prince philip particularly had done perhaps as much to cement that special relationship as the politicians had done as well. he said this was something that had been strengthened ijy something that had been strengthened by the royal family, something that had been strengthened by the royalfamily, as he put it. there has been a lot of reaction to
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the passing of prince philip. it camejust in time the passing of prince philip. it came just in time for the morning news shows here on the east coast. some of whom interrupted their programmes to take the statement by borisjohnson from programmes to take the statement by boris johnson from downing programmes to take the statement by borisjohnson from downing street. the coverage focusing pretty much on the sort of things you have been seeing in the uk. the longevity of their marriage, the support that prince philip provided to the queen and of course, his efforts to modernise the royal family over the last few decades also.— last few decades also. obviously attention will _ last few decades also. obviously attention will start _ last few decades also. obviously attention will start to _ last few decades also. obviously attention will start to turn - last few decades also. obviously attention will start to turn over l attention will start to turn over the weekend for the arrangements of the weekend for the arrangements of the funeral. i shall ask you since you were there on the west coast, about the duke and duchess of sussex, do we know anything of their plans? we sussex, do we know anything of their lans? ~ ., �* sussex, do we know anything of their lans? .,�* , ~ ., plans? we don't. of course, meghan markle, the — plans? we don't. of course, meghan markle, the duchess _ plans? we don't. of course, meghan markle, the duchess of _ plans? we don't. of course, meghan markle, the duchess of sussex, -
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plans? we don't. of course, meghan markle, the duchess of sussex, is i markle, the duchess of sussex, is pregnant. we learned from the interview she gave to 0prah pregnant. we learned from the interview she gave to oprah winfrey, just over a month ago, she is due to deliver, it will be a sister to baby archie sometime over the summer. that may mitigate her ability to travel to the funeral. it remains to be seen of course, there has been no statement clarifying this from the couple themselves. but it does put a potential obstacle in the way. of course, following that very controversial interview the relationship between harry and meghan and the royal family is very much under scrutiny right now. {line much under scrutiny right now. one to watch in — much under scrutiny right now. one to watch in the _ much under scrutiny right now. one to watch in the days ahead. david, lovely to see you, thank you very much. the news broke quite late last night in australia, where of course queen elizabeth is head of state. so some people will be reacting for the first time there, with flags now flying at half mast on government buildings. i'm joined now by the
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former australian prime minister kevin rudd, who met and talked with prince philip on a number of occasions. it is good to have you here on bbc news, thank you for your time. i know you met the duke several times, what are your reactions? like know you met the duke several times, what are your reactions?— what are your reactions? like most australians. _ what are your reactions? like most australians, we _ what are your reactions? like most australians, we respond _ what are your reactions? like most australians, we respond well - what are your reactions? like most australians, we respond well to - australians, we respond well to authenticity, spontaneity, informality, sense of humour. and also in the duke's case, a profound history of courage. i think what australian so in the duke, whether we are republicans or monarchists, he was the genuine article. he had a profound impact on sentiment in this country, certainly throughout my life and my parents' lives as well. queen elizabeth was the first reigning monarch to set foot on australian soil. she should have come two years earlier, but that was
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the year her father died. there will be some australians alive who stood in line for that visit, who are reflecting on the jeep's passing today. what do you know of that visit and how the relationship evolved from that point? certainly before my time, _ evolved from that point? certainly before my time, i _ evolved from that point? certainly before my time, i think— evolved from that point? certainly before my time, i think you - evolved from that point? certainly before my time, i think you were l before my time, i think you were talking about the royal visit in 1954, where the queen and the duke of edinburgh where in this country for more than a month. i grew up in a town in rural queensland where everyone would go to the nearest regional centre to catch a glimpse. certainly my aunt had her own home movies of these images of the queen and the duke speeding by. i place a lot of priority on a man's courage and a very deep sense and personal sense of the history of the last world war. for the duke to have
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joined up with the royal navy aged 18 in 1939 and the ships he served on shepherded australian ships across the indian ocean, including my own father for multiple campaigns in the mediterranean, which were bloody and dangerous. this actually has a big impact when australians look at the duke of�*s levels are quite apart his good sense of climate when he dealt with him personally. he climate when he dealt with him personally-— personally. he came back to australia — personally. he came back to australia on _ personally. he came back to australia on a _ personally. he came back to australia on a solo - personally. he came back to australia on a solo tour- personally. he came back to australia on a solo tour in i personally. he came back to . australia on a solo tour in 1956. personally. he came back to - australia on a solo tour in 1956. he was there to open the olympic games in melbourne. i think that had a particularly important impact on his life, because he was emerging from the queen's shadow at that point. have you reflected on that today and what australia meant to the duke? i what australia meant to the duke? i think he had a particular view of the commonwealth at large. there are
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more than 50 member states to the commonwealth. he had a deep affection for the entire commonwealth family. in australia, there is a particular resonance, charles came here to school for a bit. the 56 olympics, again before my time. the bottom line is, i remember talking to prince philip about that visit and the duke of edinburgh award scheme. which, as you know extended across so many commonwealth and non—commonwealth countries worldwide since. he said he got the inspiration for that award scheme during his visit to melbourne in the 56 olympics. as a kid growing up in a rural high school in queensland in australia in the 70s, the duke of edinburgh award scheme was a big deal. it affected kids across so many walks of life. i think that legacy will live on as well. i think that legacy will live on as well. ., . ., ., ., well. i noticed on the front page of the sydney —
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well. i noticed on the front page of the sydney morning _ well. i noticed on the front page of the sydney morning herald - well. i noticed on the front page of the sydney morning herald today, | the sydney morning herald today, they talk about the reaction of the children, of william and harry. do you think the duke of edinburgh transcends generation or are they more in touch now with the younger member of the family.— member of the family. australians will have a range _ member of the family. australians will have a range of _ member of the family. australians will have a range of views - member of the family. australians will have a range of views on - member of the family. australians| will have a range of views on these questions. i cannot generalise on behalf of our country, but what do they see when they see the duke of edinburgh and her majesty the queen? whether we are republicans or monarchists, we see this profound sense of duty. that is through the generations. and certainly with the younger australians, obviously there is a greater sense of identity with people more your own age, but i think again, going back to how australians view the brits, how they view the royal family, australians view the brits, how they view the royalfamily, it australians view the brits, how they view the royal family, it does come back to the nature of the individuals concerned. i think the
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overall view in this country, as with prince philip, you were encountering a genuine article. often his spontaneity and sense of humour, as you know, would land him in all sorts of controversy. that goes with the territory. his ability to engage anybody where they were in life, be genuinely interested in their lives and share a joke, often an outrageousjoke, exactly their lives and share a joke, often an outrageous joke, exactly what has passed on across the generations in this country in the family conversations about his life. kevin rudd, conversations about his life. kevin rudd. very — conversations about his life. kevin rudd. very good _ conversations about his life. kevin rudd, very good to _ conversations about his life. kevin rudd, very good to hear _ conversations about his life. kevin rudd, very good to hear your- rudd, very good to hear your thoughts. rudd, very good to hear your thoughts-— rudd, very good to hear your thou~hts. ., , i. i'm joined now by shaimaa khalil in sydney. very interesting to hear the thoughts of kevin rudd, what is happening today, what reaction has there been in sydney this morning? this morning, we woke up to the flag
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is being lowered at half—mast in honour of his royal highness the duke of edinburgh. just over the sydney harbour bridge, the flag has been lowered. this news broke late at night or late in the evening here in australia, so this morning scott morrison, the prime minister was speaking and he spoke a few minutes ago and he addressed the queen. he said they all mourn with the royal family. he said she has always been there for us, let us be there for you, your majesty. he added that the duke of edinburgh's life was one of duty, honour, candourand duty, honour, candour and stea dfastness duty, honour, candourand steadfastness and his presence was a reassuring reminder of the stability neededin reassuring reminder of the stability needed in many times of uncertainty.
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he also said that he embodied a generation that we will never see again. a generation that stood against and defied tyranny. we did hearfrom any other against and defied tyranny. we did hear from any other former prime ministers, so malcolm turnbull, joking but also paying tribute to prince philip saying, the prince was always charming to this pretty famous republican. tony abbott reflected on how the world seemed a little emptier now prince philip has gone. tony abbott is famous for awarding prince philip a knighthood backin awarding prince philip a knighthood back in 2015. and from julia gillard, who was the prime minister of the last royal visit here in australia in 2011. she said she had fond memories of spending time with prince philip. she said while a man of duty, he also had a sense of fun. again that reference to his legacy, his sense of duty but also to his candour and his sense of humour. thank you very much for those
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thoughts. the duke visited australia more than 20 times during the queen's rain. the united kingdom and the commonwealth has gone through enormous change during the reign of queen elizabeth and the duke of edinburgh has played a huge part in helping britain and her empire transition towards a new relationship with the countries in the commonwealth club. in that time he travelled and developed connections with scores of countries, learning about their respective cultures. our south asia correspondent rajini vaidyanathan has been taking a closer look at the duke of edinburgh's relationship with the subcontinent. prince philip's ties to south asia randy. his uncle was lord mountbatten, the last viceroy of india and the first governor general of an independent india. prince philip was also stationed in the region when he served in the royal navy and during the second world war he was stationed in sheel anchor. he also visited india on a number of
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occasions with her majesty the queen, one of the most notable trips being in 1961 when they came here and they were guests of india on the annual republic day parade. during that trip they also visited the taj mahal and played polo. prince philip didn'tjust have those official connections, he also had some strong, personal connections. he was very close to the royal family and the story goes that every year on his birthday, the royalfamily would send him a box of alphonso mangoes, so much did he enjoy eating them. talking to other people, many indians remember the impact the duke of edinburgh scheme had in their schools years ago. it was a big thing here as well. i was talking to one woman who remembers getting her duke of edinburgh award from prince philip himself, who was visiting her school at the time and she said it was one of the most memorable
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experiences in her educational life. prime minister modi, issued a statement and paying condolences and said his thoughts were with the british people and the royal family. he said prince philip had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. and pakistan's prime minister, imran khan, sends his condolences and said prince philip on viewed a unique service of public service. john sentamu is the former archbishop of york. he's being paying tribute to the duke and remembering the many occasions they met. i have never spoken to him or anybody without really smiling. there is always a smile on his face. occasionally you can see mischief about to arrive. he is the greatest tease, actually. as a man, i would say he was very solid. he loved
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humour and he loved teasing people and he loved speaking his mind. so i think i became very fond of him and her majesty the queen. when they are with you and talking to you, they are the only person that matters in the room. sir michael palin, is an advocate of the duke of edinburgh award scheme who met prince philip several times. he gave this tribute. he was very good company. he knew how to relax people around him. i have been with him on many occasions when people about to meet him were terrified but he disarmed them very well. either by being interested in what they were doing, or through a joke or a bit of humour. he always
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had a little twinkle in the eye whenever i met him. there was a touch of mischief, i he would ask me what i was doing. i said i was going to iran. he said what are you going therefore? i said to iran. he said what are you going therefore? isaid it to iran. he said what are you going therefore? i said it was either that or north korea. he laughed. he had a great sense of humour and he was genuinely interested in the people he met. he was very forthright, he would let diplomacy get in the way of an honest conversation. he said what he felt but it didn't mean he was being insulting in any shape or form. it was his way of saying, let's get down to what is really important. he wasn't a great one for small talk. he was interested in the short time he had with people, in what they were doing, whether it was environmental work, what they were doing, whether it was environmentalwork, or what they were doing, whether it was environmental work, or design. what they were doing, whether it was environmentalwork, or design. i met him once in connection with an organisation that produced modern craft furniture and jewellery. he
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was interested in lots of different things and sometimes the gruff exterior, he was very straight talking but always in a very amenable and productive way. michael tailin: with amenable and productive way. michael tailing with some _ amenable and productive way. michael tailing with some of _ amenable and productive way. michael tailing with some of his _ amenable and productive way. michael tailing with some of his own _ tailing with some of his own personal memories. last november, the queen and the duke of edinburgh celebrated 73 years of marriage and here, in their own words, they reflect on that unique partnership. the fact of the matter is, the marriage involves two partners. when there is lots to do, time seems to fly and it appears to us, at least, we have been fairly busy over the last 50 years and times have flashed past. until, that is, you start looking back and try to recall what things were like 50 years ago and you begin to realise how much has
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changed. in the autumn of 1947, we got married. everyone seem to think our wedding was a very happy occasion and brought a little colour back to life after the dreary war years. we certainly thought so. we were then fortunate to enjoy five happy years of fairly conventional married life. that included two years with home of our own in malta while i was the navy. this period came to an abrupt end when the queen had the melancholy duty of succeeding herfather had the melancholy duty of succeeding her father after his premature death in 1952. she was 25 and i was 30. we had two small children. life, as you can imagine, changed dramatically in many ways. but it had much less effect on our married life than i anticipated. then after an interval of ten hectic
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years, we had two more children and settled into our new way of life. and like all families, we went through the full range of pleasures and tribulations of bringing up children. much can be done by an individual, but i am sufficiently old—fashioned to believe that a great deal more can be achieved by a partnership in marriage. gill great deal more can be achieved by a partnership in marriage.— partnership in marriage. all too often i partnership in marriage. all too often i fear _ partnership in marriage. all too often i fear prince _ partnership in marriage. all too often i fear prince philip - partnership in marriage. all too often i fear prince philip has - partnership in marriage. all too | often i fear prince philip has had to listen— often i fear prince philip has had to listen to me speaking. frequently, we have discussed my intended _ frequently, we have discussed my intended speech beforehand. and as you wiii— intended speech beforehand. and as you will imagine, his views have been _ you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner~ — manner. laughter. the main lesson we have learned is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage. it may not be quite so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when things get difficult. and you can take it from me, that the queen has the quality
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of tolerance in abundance. laughter. he is someone who doesn't take easily— he is someone who doesn't take easily to— he is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments. but he has quite _ easily to compliments. but he has quite simply been my strength and stay ali— quite simply been my strength and stay all these years. and i and his whole _ stay all these years. and i and his whole family, and this and many other— whole family, and this and many other countries owe him a debt greater— other countries owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we should _ greater than he would ever claim, or we should ever know. this is bbc news. prince philip, the duke of edinburgh and husband of queen elizabeth, has died at the age of 99. cheering at the age of 99. he was the longest—serving royal consort in british history, a role that he'd made very much his own. there is no precedent. if i asked someone what
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