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PM pays tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/05/2017
Bill English © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Bill English

Prime Minister Bill English has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and thanked him for his "extraordinary public service".

Buckingham Palace announced overnight that Prince Philip would be stepping down from public duties from August this year.

"The Duke has had a tremendous career," Mr English said on Friday.

"He has dedicated his working life to supporting Her Majesty, and making a remarkable contribution to hundreds of military, charitable and philanthropic organisations throughout the Commonwealth."

Prince Philip has visited New Zealand 14 times since 1953.

"His connection with New Zealand was celebrated in 2012 when he was made an Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand," Mr English said.

"I am sure that the Duke of Edinburgh will continue to be an enormous support to Her Majesty in the years to come, and that New Zealanders will join me in thanking His Royal Highness for his unwavering service and dedication."

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