Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga noted the contribution of the Duke of Edinburgh Philip to the strengthening of relations between the monarchies of Japan and Great Britain, as well as the contribution of the prince to the strengthening of mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries. A representative of the Japanese government said this in his address, published on Saturday, April 9, on the page of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Suga expressed his condolences on the Duke’s passing and his gratitude to the British royal family.
“On behalf of the Government of Japan and the entire Japanese people, I express my deepest condolences to the British royal family, the government and the British people. I express gratitude from the Japanese imperial family to the British family for making a great contribution to promoting mutual understanding between the Japanese and the British, ”the Prime Minister said in his address.
According to him, Prince Philip visited Japan seven times, and in 1975 – accompanied by his wife, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Prince Philip passed away on April 9 at the age of 99. In two months he was supposed to be 100 years old. In connection with the death of the prince, national mourning was declared in Great Britain.
The Dukes of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton emphasized that the death of Prince Philip was a great grief for the entire royal family. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson noted not only the service of Prince Philip to the monarchy and Great Britain, but also his loyalty to his wife and family.
On April 9, Westminster Abbey honored the memory of the Duke of Edinburgh Philip with 99 bells. From 18:00 local time (from 20:00 Moscow time), the bells of the abbey for one and a half hours produced one beat every minute.