Thu, 17 Jun 2021

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, April 10 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Saturday sent her condolence to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family over the death of Prince Philip.

"Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New Zealand people and the government, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty and to all the royal family," Ardern said.

"Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award. In over fifty years of the award in New Zealand, thousands of young people have completed life-changing challenges through the programme."

According to the New Zealand government's statement, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied the Queen on her 10 visits to New Zealand. The Duke also held a number of New Zealand honors and appointments.

Ardern said she had directed that flags on all government buildings and naval vessels be flown at half-mast.

Prince Philip has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace announced Friday.

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