Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter and sent his condolences to Britain over the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday morning.
“Britain has lost a wise elder who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service,” wrote PM Khan.
“His role in promoting Pakistani-British relations will always be remembered.”
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died on Friday morning, Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who is 99 years old, was recently hospitalized and had a successful heart procedure.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty announces the death of her beloved husband, Her Majesty Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” he said in a statement.
“Your Majesty died peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Philip had tied the knot with Elizabeth II in 1947, five years before she took on her role as Queen.
She became the longest royal consort in British history.
The couple have four children together, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Although the cause of death has not been revealed, Philip has been hospitalized for the past few years, most recently in February.
The news of his death comes as the monarchy is recovering from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive interviews with Oprah Winfrey, in which they make stark claims against the royal family.
What to expect
The coffin with the body of the Duke of Edinburgh is expected to be moved in the next few days to the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London.
Princess Diana was also buried for a few days prior to her funeral in 1997.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the public will not be allowed to see bodies.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s final resting place is expected to be at Frogmore Gardens, on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
England will continue in a state of national mourning in the same way as if the Queen had died.
The mourning period will last until the duke’s funeral, which may be carried out earlier due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Government buildings and military facilities will lower their flags at half-mast, particularly the naval flag because of Prince Philip’s links to the Royal Navy.
However, the Royal Standard flag would continue to fly at full pole because it represented the monarchy, therefore, was never taken down.