Queen Elizabeth Admits Husband Prince Philip Has 'Been My Strength & Stay All These Years' 1 Day After His Death — See Photo

Apr. 10 2021, Published 10:24 a.m. ET

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Queen Elizabeth II broke her silence about her husband Prince Philip's death on Saturday, April 10 — just one day after the duke passed away at 99 years old. 

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“'He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.' -Her Majesty The Queen, 1997," The Royal Family Twitter account captioned a photo of the couple, who was married for 73 years. 

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Of course, people loved the sweet sentiment. One person wrote, "This is my favorite picture of you both together. A man who can still make his wife laugh like this after so many years of marriage is a gift. My deepest sympathy for you during this difficult time," while another echoed, "He will be missed by so many. His legacy will forever remain. My deepest sympathy to HM The Queen and all the Family." 

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A third user added, "I love the Royal family and like all families they may have their ups and downs but they are an inspiration and credit to our country. Had a tear or two when I heard we lost Phillip yesterday. God give the family strength at such a difficult time x."

On April 9, The Royal Family paid tribute to Philip via social media. "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 Twitter account wrote.

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“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Visit http://royal.uk to read the announcement in full."

Despite the tragedy, the 94-year-old seems to be handling the situation with grace

"She would have thought about this moment several times, and her way would be to remain as steady and as calm as possible," her former secretary Charles Anson told PEOPLE, referring to Philip's recent health issues. "That comes naturally to her through her temperament and her experience."

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