A meeting for the books! Former President Barack Obama recalled interacting with Prince Philip for the first time, and the 59-year-old had nothing but good things to say about the late Duke, who died on April 9 at 99 years old.
"When we first met His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, he and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had already been on the world stage for more than half a century — welcoming leaders like Churchill and Kennedy; Mandela and Gorbachev. As two Americans unaccustomed to palaces and pomp, we didn’t know what to expect," the political figure began on social media.
"We shouldn’t have worried. The Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity, turning a ceremonial occasion into something far more natural, even comfortable. Prince Philip in particular was kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humor. It was our first introduction to the man behind the title, and in the years since, our admiration for him has only grown. We will miss him dearly," he continued.
Obama pointed out Philip and Queen Elizabeth's accomplishments while in the royal family.
"Like the Queen, Prince Philip saw world wars and economic crises come and go. The radio gave way to the television, and the television to the internet. And through it all, he helped provide steady leadership and guiding wisdom. It has long been said that the United States and Great Britain have a special relationship — one that has been maintained and strengthened not just by presidents and prime ministers but by the Royal Family that has outlasted them all," Obama said.
"At the Queen’s side or trailing the customary two steps behind, Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman. Yet he also found a way to lead without demanding the spotlight — serving in combat in World War II, commanding a frigate in the Royal Navy, and tirelessly touring the world to champion British industry and excellence. Through his extraordinary example, he proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater," he gushed.
He concluded, "As the world mourns his loss, we send our warmest wishes and deepest sympathies to the Queen, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and everyone who knew and loved this remarkable man."
Of course, people couldn't help but praise Obama for his kind and thoughtful words. One person wrote, "Sir, your words are touching and perfect, as usual. Rest In Peace, HRH Prince Philip," while another added, "Could not have been more eloquently said by a more dignified statesman, President Obama. All condolences to the Royal family, and may Prince Phillip rest in peace. Thank you."
A third user added, "A befitting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. Such gracious words, still presidential in delivery. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family during this sad time of loss."
Piers Morgan, Boris Johnson and many others took to social media to pay tribute to Philip.
In a statement, the palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course. Follow @theroyalfamily and visit www.royal.uk via the link in our bio."