Vatican City, Apr 10, 2021 / 05:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his sorrow at the death of Prince Philip in a letter to Queen Elizabeth II, his wife of 73 years.
"Saddened to learn of the death of your husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, His Holiness Pope Francis offers heartfelt condolences to your majesty and the members of the Royal Family," stated an April 10 telegram signed by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The death of Prince Philip, at the age of 99, was announced by Buckingham Palace April 9.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”