Norway’s King Harald V ordered the flag on the balcony of the Royal Palace in Oslo to be lowered to half-mast on Friday, following news of the death of Prince Philip in Great Britain. Also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle at an age of 99.
“Our thoughts go to Queen Elizabeth and his closest family,” King Harald stated in an official announcement from the palace. “Our condolences also go to the British people.”
King Harald’s grandmother, Queen Maud, was a British princess and daughter of Queen Victoria, and the Norwegian monarch’s father, the late King Olav, was born in England. Relations between the British and Norwegian royal families have long been close, as are political relations between Britain and Norway.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg expressed her condolences as well, noting his contributions during World War II before he married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947. “It’s always sad when people we view as stable, historically present figures die,” Solberg said, “but he had a rich life.”