By Staff Reporter
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent his condolences to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom following the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip yesterday.
The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 and he was the longest serving royal consort in British history.
In his condolence message President Mnangagwa said it was with deep sadness that he had learnt of the death of Prince Philip.
“Your Majesty, It is with deep sadness that I learnt of the passing on of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 9 April, 2021.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Zimbabwe and indeed on my behalf, I extend my heartfelt condolences to you, Your Majesty, to your Family, as well as to the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , ” reads the message .
President Mnangagwa said the people of Zimbabwe had fond memories of the royals .
“The people of Zimbabwe have very fond memories of Your Majesty’s visit with Prince Philip on the occasion of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 1991, which led to the historic Adoption of Harare Declaration. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
“May his soul rest in eternal peace. Please accept, Your Majesty, the assurances of my highest consideration , ” said President Mnangagwa .
Meanwhile gun salutes to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh are due to take place on Saturday across the UK in Gibraltar and from War Ships at sea.
The Duke will not have a state funeral and there will be no lying in state in line with his wishes.