Australia haswith a 41-gun salute in the nation’s capital, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to the “towering figure” whose life was one of duty and service.
In a solemn but loud ceremony, six ceremonial guns from the Australian Defence Force were fired on Saturday afternoon as a crowd watched on – a tradition being followed in other Commonwealth countries.
The Duke of Edinburgh,II’s husband, died on Friday, two months before his 100th birthday and only after a month-long hospital stay.
– from Sydney Harbour to Parliament House – were flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for the late Prince.
Prime Ministerled Australia’s tributes, remembering him as a man of honesty and compassion who dedicated his life to service.
Addressing the Queen, Mr. Morrison saidin her sorrow and mourning.
“Today, we think of our Queen. While your strength and stay, your Majesty, may now have passed, Jenny and I pray that you will find great comfort in your faith and yourat this time,” Mr. Morrison said.
“But we also, your Majesty, say to you as a Commonwealth, let us now be your strength and stay as you continue to endure and serve so loyally and faithfully, as you have done over so many generations.
“She has been there for us over such a long time. Let us be there now for you, your Majesty, and allow us to send our love to you on this, I am sure, one of your saddest days. I am sure herme in saying, God save our gracious Queen. Long live our noble Queen. God save our Queen.”
Therecalled how the Duke comforted bushfire victims in 1967 in Tasmania and visited Australia more than 20 times.
He said Australians knew of the Duke’s loyalty and commitment were given his patronage of 50 organizations Down Under and his legacy through the Duke of Edinburgh Award program.
“There are many towering figures that the world has lost and known, but few have been before us in our lifetimes for such a long time,” thesaid. Scott Morrison signs a condolence book as wife Jenny looks on at Admiralty House following the death of Prince Philip.” src=”https://sl.sbs.com.au/public/image/file/d8367531-a97f-4b02-9da3-eef43426bb7c” alt=” Prime Minister Scott Morrison signs a condolence book as wife Jenny looks on at Admiralty House following the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Sydney, Saturday, April 10, 2021. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING” width=”700″ height=”467″ />
Mr. Morrison said Australians could send a virtual message to the Queen through theoffice website.
The messages will be sent toand archived by the Commonwealth and could be displayed at the National Library of Australia.
Former“a partnership for the ages”.
“This is an occasion, obviously, of sadness, but it’s also an occasion to salute and honor a remarkable marriage, a remarkable partnership in service,” Mr. Howard said.
He reflected on the late Prince’s “great sense of humor,” which gave “short shrift” to political correctness.
“And that endeared him to millions of people,” Mr. Howard told reporters in Sydney.
“From those responses constituting gaffes, they were things that people warmed to.”
Anthony Albanese also remarked on the Prince’s “famously irreverent sense of humor” and recalled how his son participated in the Duke’s award program. “On behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I extend my sincere condolences to Her Majesty and the on what is a sad day, a solemn day, but one in which, and I conclude, we do celebrate such a long and fulfilling life,” he said.