Nicola Sturgeon says thoughts on Scottish royals after Prince Philip’s death

Nicola Sturgeon says the thoughts of the Scottish people are with the royal family after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was announced earlier today that Prince Philip had died at Windsor Castle at the age of 99.

The Duke and Queen have been married for over 70 years and Philip has dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation alongside the monarch.

He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to Prince Philip, she said: “I am saddened by the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“I send my personal and sincere condolences – and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family. ”

The Palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen announces the passing of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join people around the world in mourning their loss.”

Political parties across Scotland have not suspended their campaigns after the Duke’s death.

The politicians paid tribute.

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar said: “Scotland today mourns the loss of a dedicated public servant who has contributed so much to our country.

“My thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen on the passing of her beloved husband and the entire Royal Family, and on behalf of the Scottish Labor Party I offer our deepest condolences.

“Prince Philip had a deep love for Scotland and we will now come together as a country to remember his life and mark his distinguished career.”

Former Prime Minister Alex Salmond said: “On behalf of the ALBA Party, my condolences go to Her Majesty The Queen. The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving husband in history and no one can question this record of public service.

“The Duke of Edinburgh Awards have given generations of young people hope and purpose. On a personal level, I have found Prince Phillip to be straightforward and outspoken but still welcoming and with a keen, inquisitive mind.”

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: “This marks the end of an exceptional life of 99 years and decades of exceptional public service.

“Often colorful, sometimes controversial but always dedicated to his wife, the Queen, and to his country. The Duke of Edinburgh’s project in particular will be a specific legacy that will last for years to come.

“It has enriched the lives of young people which has value above any monetary value. My two sons benefited from it and it helped make them what they are today. The death of Prince Philip marks the end of a good life, well lived.

“Out of respect, we will suspend our campaign.

Commenting on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, SNP Westminster MP Ian Blackford said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Prince Philip.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen who has lost her beloved husband – a life partner and constant companion.

“My thoughts are also with the royal family at large, in particular the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Prince Philip has dedicated his life to public service and has made a significant contribution to our country. His commitment and dedication to the Queen will be remembered by people across Scotland, the UK and the world. “