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After more than 70 years at the queen's side, Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

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PAUL BRENNAN: The official notice of Prince Philip's death was posted at the gates of Buckingham Palace. The Prince had died peacefully on Friday morning at Windsor Castle. It concluded, the royal family joined with people around the world in mourning his loss. The prime minister was among the first to pay tribute to.

BORIS JOHNSON: Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world. Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.

PAUL BRENNAN: The Duke of Edinburgh witnessed firsthand as Britain's global empire was replaced in the 20th century by the current Commonwealth of Nations, and now statements of condolence have come from across the continents.

JOE BIDEN: He was a heck of a guy. He-- you know, he was-- his lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and the whole Commonwealth was visible to everybody for a long, long time.

PAUL BRENNAN: India's Narendra Modi praised the Prince's distinguished career in the military and his many community service initiatives. And the Zimbabwean president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, sent his deepest condolences.

JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Prince Philip will be remembered as a champion for young people, a decorated Naval officer, a dedicated philanthropist, and a constant in the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

PAUL BRENNAN: After more than 70 years at the Queen's side, Prince Philip is the longest serving royal consort in British history.

SIMON LEWIS: From the moment they got married, he supported the Queen. He was one step behind her. And this was a man who could have had an absolutely stellar career in the Navy, gave up that job, and supported the Queen for the next more than 70 years.

PAUL BRENNAN: In the streets of the British capital, the news of his death was greeted with genuine sadness and respect.

- Him and the Queen had been married for over 70 years-- 70 years. And it's just a really sad moment, you know? We know he'd been ill for quite a long time. And it's just really sad.

PAUL BRENNAN: The Prince's body will lie and rest at the Royal residence, Windsor Castle. And the funeral service will also be held there in St. George's Chapel. In accordance with the Prince's wishes, it will not be a state funeral with a military procession but a much more private and intimate occasion, a fitting ceremony for a man who spent so many years in a supporting role, largely avoiding the limelight and attention that the British Royals attract. Paul Brennan Al Jazeera.