Von der Leyen blunder: EU leader posts incorrect title for Prince Philip in tribute

The European Commission President failed to use His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh’s full title in a social media post to commiserate his death. She wrote: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. “I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on this very sad day.”

The duke, who returned to Windsor Castle three weeks ago after a spell in hospital, died this morning two months before his hundredth birthday.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the “extraordinary life and work” of the duke.

Speaking outside Downing Street, he said: “We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.

“Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her strength and stay of more than 70 years.

“And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today.

“Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.”

Labour Party leader Sir Keri Starmer also paid tribute, adding: “The United Kingdom has lost an extraordinary public servant in Prince Philip.

“Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country — from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Second World War to his decades of service as the Duke of Edinburgh.

“However, he will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to the Queen.”

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