Nigerians Mourn Queen Elizabeth’s Husband, Prince Philip




Nigerians have joined the rest of the world in mourning Prince Philip as Buckingham Palace announced the death of Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip who was Queen Elizabeth 11’s husband, died at 99. They were married for 73 years.

Tributes have been pouring in from world leaders and even from  ordinary people in the Hospitality industry in Nigeria who said they encountered Queen Elizabeth 11  and her beloved husband when the Royals visited the nation’s capital, Abuja during CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) of 2003.

One staff of Transcorp Hilton, Abuja who spoke to JUSTTOURS on condition of anonymity (she had called this reporter to confirm the sad news), “Ohh! Queen Elizabeth’s husband is dead.  It’s sad indeed.  Prince Philip was a good man and kind-hearted.  I was told he was close to 100 years. The man tried but the family and the world will miss him (sobbing). Adding: “May his soul rest in peace. Amen.”

The hotel staff revealed that she had worked in the hotel’s Queen Room/VIP area where the Royals stayed for CHOGM. Smiling, she said Transcorp Hilton, Abuja “spoilt” the august visitors “a little.”                                               Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Hilton management, she said,  made sure the Heads of Governments who stayed with us, including the Queen were comfortable.                                    The Queen was the cynosure of attention at Hilton (Abuja).  We love Queen Elizabeth and her husband even though we didn’t see much of her husband during the visit.

She recalled that the couple stayed in a nice suite overlooking Zuma Rock. “The suite has agreat view,” she said.

She continued, “Mama was even acknowledging our greetings and  told  some people she loves our culture. I think her Majesty the Queen and her people wrote back to the hotel to thank us because they said they enjoyed their stay at Hilton, Abuja.”  The hotel staff is not alone.

Former Nigeria Vice President of Nigeria, Waziri Atiku Abubakar who said he was saddened by the news condoled with the British Royal Family on the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Atiku said the death of Prince Philip was a sad loss to the Commonwealth and the world. He said this was a man whose life was one of service and a pattern of good works.

“I met His Royal Highness during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting of 2003, which held in Abuja, and was hosted by my boss, then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“I found in Prince Philip a man committed to the unity of the world and the advancement of the dignity of humanity and the brotherhood of man.

“His military service, and the dutifully supportive role he played by the side of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will forever be remembered, and indeed studied, as an epitome of royalty and loyalty.

“His charitable works, which saw him as the patron of some 800 causes and organisations, will also be warmly remembered.

“On behalf of my family and my supporters, I condole with the British Royal Family and pray that the Almighty will grant them the fortitude to bear their loss,” Atiku said.

In other climes, people are also mourning Prince Philip. In the United States former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush have also paid their respects to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Harry and Meghan Markle honoured Prince Philip on their foundation’s website Friday, hours after the news broke that Harry’s grandfather had died at 99.

“Thank you for your service,” read a statement on the Archewell Foundation’s site. “You will be greatly missed.”

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