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Rivlin sends condolence letter to Queen Elizabeth over Prince Philip’s death

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II points out something to Prince Philip as they watch the Epsom Derby from the balcony at Epsom racecourse, England, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II points out something to Prince Philip as they watch the Epsom Derby from the balcony at Epsom racecourse, England, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

President Reuven Rivlin sends a letter of condolence to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II on the death of her husband, Prince Philip, highlighting his mother’s role in saving Jews during the Holocaust.

“His Royal Highness was a man of honour and duty, and his service in the Royal Navy, defending the United Kingdom and fighting the Axis powers will never be forgotten,” Rivlin write.

“His mother, Princess Alice, also played an important part in protecting victims of the Nazi regime, and we are proud that she is recognized as one of the Righteous Amongst the Nations. Her burial here in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives links the stories of our peoples even more closely.”

“Alongside your husband’s life of service to the nation and the world, he was also a family man – a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The passing of a loved one, after so many years together, is a great loss. My thoughts are with you and the entire Royal Family at this time of grief and pain.”

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