Slovenia extends condolences after Prince Philip dies

Ljubljana/London – President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister Janez Janša expressed their condolences following the death of Prince Philip on Twitter on Friday after Buckingham Palace announced Queen Elizabeth II’s husband died aged 99 this morning. The Slovenian Foreign Ministry and the country’s embassy in London have also expressed condolences.

Pahor expressed sincere condolences to Queen Elizabeth II and the citizens of the UK on behalf of Slovenia on Twitter and so did the Foreign Ministry.

Also posting on Twitter, Prime Minister Janša said: “I express my deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.”

The Slovenian Foreign Ministry meanwhile tweeted that “we are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Slovenia conveys sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.”

The Slovenian Embassy in London said this was a very sad day for the UK and the whole world.

“A very sad day for the UK and the whole world as we mourn and remember the life of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the British people.”

Prince Philip spent more than 73 years by the queen’s side and would have turned 100 in June.

In a statement shortly after midday, the Buckingham Palace announced that he died this morning at Windsor Castle.

The duke, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor Castle on 16 March after spending a month in hospital.

Prince Philip accompanied Queen Elizabeth II on many state visits around the world, including to Slovenia in the autumn of 2008, when they were in the country for three days.

It was the first visit of the kind to Slovenia that was an opportunity to boost relations between Slovenia and the UK. The royal couple were hosted by then President Danilo Türk.

On the occasion, Queen Elizabeth II symbolically received as a gift a Lipizzaner horse from Lipica, although the horse remained in the care of the stud farm here.

Among the highlights of Prince Philip’s visit was him presenting gold MEPI Awards to 26 Slovenian students. It was the Duke of Edinburgh who founded the programme in 1956.