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Museveni Salutes Prince Philip in Letter to Queen Elizabeth

posted onApril 13, 2021
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President Yoweri Museveni has saluted Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth for his personal contribution to freedom as a naval officer in the Second World War.

In a letter to the Queen of England, Elizabeth II dated April 11, 2021, Museveni says the people of Uganda were shocked following the news of the Prince’s death “a few months short of his 100th Birthday”.

“People in Uganda like myself and others who were here in 1954, remember your visit with the Duke of Edinburgh to Uganda to commission the Owen Falls Dam across the Nile and also in 2007 for the Heads of Government meeting of the Commonwealth,” Museveni said.

“As freedom lovers and fighters, we also salute his personal contribution to peace as a Naval Officer in the 2nd World War. May the Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace,” the President added.

Relatedly, the Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations and Commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC) Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba expressed condolences to the Queen in a tweet.

"Condolences to HM Queen Elizabeth II, the people of the UK and the Commonwealth on the passing of HRH Prince Philip. I had the good fortune of meeting Prince Philip 21 years ago at Sandhurst when he visited us. He was an exemplar of duty and service. May his soul rest in peace," Gen Kainerugaba said in his tweet.

Gen Kainerugaba trained with the British military over 21 years ago at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. 

The prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. 

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully on the morning of April 9th at Windsor Castle.

The prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

In March, the Duke of Edinburgh left hospital after a month-long stay for treatment.

He underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital – St Bartholomew’s.

Prince Philip and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

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