Government Silent (So Far) On Prince Philip Passing

Update #2, 5:45pm: The Office of The Prime Minister has finally publicly acknowledged the passing of Prince Philip. At 5:35pm local time, the official OPM Facebook page posted a photo of the Governor-General’s letter seen below.

Update, 4:51pm: The Governor-General of The Bahamas, Sir Cornelius A Smith, has finally issued a formal statement of condolences:

ORIGINAL REPORT: Prince Philip, whose official title was the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away early Friday morning. The prince, who was 99 years old, was the spouse of our Head of State, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His death was confirmed over 9 hours ago by the official Royal Family Twitter account:

Despite condolences pouring in from world leaders and many others around the globe, so far, there has been no official recognition of his passing made public by Governor-General C. A. Smith, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, or Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield as of 4pm local time. It is unclear if, and when, flags will be ordered flown at half mast.

Prince Philip was the longest serving consort in Royal Family history, having been by Queen Elizabeth’s side for all of her nearly seven decade reign until his death earlier today.

Read more about the Duke’s passing at The Guardian.

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