'Absolute rock': Prince Philip tributes flood social media

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·3-min read

Tributes have flooded social media as the news of Prince Philip's death at the age of 99 was shared by Buckingham Palace.

"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," a statement read.

Balmoral Castle marked the death with a black square on Twitter, while politicians including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as well as celebrities and TV personalities shared their thoughts online.

In a statement shared online, Scott Morrison wrote Prince Philip "embodied a generation that we will never see again."

"Prince Philip was no stranger to Australia having visited the country on more than 20 occasions," the message continued.

"Further details about Australia's remembrance of Prince Philip will be announced over the coming days."

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Julia Gillard said his loss would be mourned "by the Queen, his family and millions around the world."

"I have fond memories of spending time with Prince Philip during his visit to Australia at the time of CHOGM in Perth. While a man of duty, he had a sense of fun," she said.

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Aussie actress Magda Szubanski took to Twitter to share a tribute saying her "heart goes out to Her Majesty".

"R.I.P. Prince Philip. My heart goes out to Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Family. It will be so strange and sad to see The Queen without her beloved consort two paces behind her all the way," Magda wrote.

Photo by: KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 4/9/21 The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has passed away at age 99. STAR MAX File Photo: 6/20/17 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, at day 1 of the Royal Ascot Day at Ascot Racecourse.
Photo by: KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 4/9/21 The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has passed away at age 99. STAR MAX File Photo: 6/20/17 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, at day 1 of the Royal Ascot Day at Ascot Racecourse.
A member of staff carries an announcement, regarding the death of Britain's Prince Philip, to be displayed on the fence of Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, April 9, 2021. Buckingham Palace officials say Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died. He was 99. Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A member of staff carries an announcement, regarding the death of Britain's Prince Philip, to be displayed on the fence of Buckingham Palace in London, Friday, April 9, 2021. Buckingham Palace officials say Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died. He was 99. Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Controversial British media personality Piers Morgan called Prince Philip and "absolute rock".

"RIP Prince Philip, 99. A truly great Briton who dedicated his life to selfless public duty & was an absolute rock of devoted support to Her Majesty, The Queen, as the longest-serving royal consort to any British sovereign," he wrote. 

"A very sad day for our country. Thank you, Sir."

British musician and former The Voice AU coach Boy George as well as Spice Girl Geri Halliwell also shared tributes.

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