The former Conservative party head of communications took to social media to pay her respects shortly after Mr Johnson made a statement outside No10. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle this morning at the age of 99.
After over 70 years of public service, Ms Symonds expressed her sadness at the news and joined millions of Brits in making their own tributes to the Prince.
She wrote on Twitter: “So very sad to hear of the passing of HRH, the Duke of Edinburgh.
“An incredible life devoted to the Queen, his family and our country.
“Thoughts and prayers with Her Majesty and the Royal Family.”
Her tribute was posted just minutes after Mr Johnson made a statement of his own, speaking live outside No10 as he led the nation in mourning the loss of the much-loved royal.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to the Duke for having inspired millions through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, for pioneering the modernisation of the monarchy, and for his active service in World War 2.
He said: “Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world.
“He was the longest-serving consort in history, one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the Second World War at Cape Matapan, where he was mentioned in despatches for bravery and in the invasion of Sicily, where he saved his ship by his quick thinking and from that conflict he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post-war era.
“Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”
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Published at Fri, 09 Apr 2021 12:59:00 +0000