Barack Obama Just Shared A Touching Tribute To Prince Philip

Former President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II might have only met a handful of times between 2009 to 2016, but it is said that both heads of state developed a fondness for each other. So much so that after their first encounter, royal expert Tom Quin said, "The Queen has a soft spot for Americans after meeting Barack Obama who she completely fell in love with – so much so that she has frequently asked her courtiers if they could arrange for him to come to Britain now he is no longer President." During his final trip as president, Obama confessed that the Queen "is truly one of my favorite people," (via Cheat Sheet). 

With the warmth between the Obamas and the heads of the Royal Family, it is no surprise that the former president took to Facebook to deliver a moving tribute to the late Prince Philip. He wrote, "When we first met His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, he and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had already been on the world stage for more than half a century — welcoming leaders like Churchill and Kennedy; Mandela and Gorbachev. As two Americans unaccustomed to palaces and pomp, we didn't know what to expect."

The post continued, "The Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity, turning a ceremonial occasion into something far more natural, even comfortable. Prince Philip in particular was kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humor. It was our first introduction to the man behind the title, and in the years since, our admiration for him has only grown. We will miss him dearly."

Barack Obama praises Prince Philip's leadership and wisdom

Former President Barack Obama further paid tribute to the late Duke, writing, "Like the Queen, Prince Philip saw world wars and economic crises come and go. The radio gave way to the television, and the television to the internet. And through it all, he helped provide steady leadership and guiding wisdom. It has long been said that the United States and Great Britain have a special relationship — one that has been maintained and strengthened not just by presidents and prime ministers but by the Royal Family that has outlasted them all."

Obama continued, "At the Queen's side or trailing the customary two steps behind, Prince Philip showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman. Yet he also found a way to lead without demanding the spotlight — serving in combat in World War II, commanding a frigate in the Royal Navy, and tirelessly touring the world to champion British industry and excellence. Through his extraordinary example, he proved that true partnership has room for both ambition and selflessness — all in service of something greater."

The touching post ended with, "As the world mourns his loss, we send our warmest wishes and deepest sympathies to the Queen, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and everyone who knew and loved this remarkable man."