Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip meet Pope Francis for the first time during a private audience in a room next to the Paul VI auditorium in the Vatican 030414 CREDIT Abaca Press Alamy Stock Photo
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Prince Philip: Pope Praises His 'Distinguished' Public Service

Pope Francis said he was "saddened" to learn of the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip meet Pope Francis for the first time during a private audience in a room next to the Paul VI auditorium in the Vatican 030414 CREDIT Abaca Press Alamy Stock Photo

Pope Francis has offered the Queen "heartfelt condolences" for the loss of her husband and praised the Duke of Edinburgh for his devotion to marriage and "distinguished record" of public service.

In a telegram sent by the Vatican's secretary of state and made public on Saturday, the Pope said he was "saddened" to learn of Prince Philip's death at the age of 99.

"Recalling Prince Philip's devotion to his marriage and family, his distinguished record of public service and his commitment to the education and advancement of future generations, His Holiness commends him to the merciful love of Christ our Redeemer," read the telegram sent in the pontiff's name.

"Upon you and upon all who grieve his loss in the sure hope of the resurrection, the Holy Father invokes the Lord's blessings of consolation and peace," the message concluded.

Cover image: A library picture of the Queen and Prince Philip visiting Pope Francis in 2014 (Picture: Abaca Press/Alamy Stock Photo).