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Rivlin sends condolences to Queen Elizabeth over Prince Philip’s death

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President Reuven Rivlin sent a letter of condolence to Queen Elizabeth II over the death of her husband, Prince Philip, who was the first UK royal to ever visit Israel, the president’s office announced Tuesday.

Rivlin expressed his “sorrow and sympathy” to the queen, who lost her husband after 74 years of marriage.

“His Royal Highness was a man of honor and duty, and his service in the Royal Navy, defending the United Kingdom and fighting the Axis powers will never be forgotten,” Rivlin wrote in the letter, dated April 9 — the day Buckingham Palace announced Phillip’s death at 99.

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The president also brought attention to the Duke of Edinburgh’s connection to Israel and the Jewish people: “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.” In this file photo taken on July 17, 2002, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh chat while seated during a musical performance in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, during her Golden Jubilee visit to Suffolk, east of England. (Fiona HANSON / POOL / AFP)

“Her burial here in Jerusalem, on the Mount........

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