JOE Biden has been bashed for not offering condolences to the Queen in the hours after Prince Philip died – as other world leaders gave their support.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years and described as her constant strength, passed away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle this morning.
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Controversial British political commentator Nigel Farage blasted the president on Twitter following the tragic news.
"As global leaders offer the Queen condolences on the death of Prince Philip, there is not a word from the US President or his Vice," he wrote.
"This despite US media full of the story. Biden and the Democrats do not like the UK."
Other social media users slammed the president, with one person telling Biden and the White House that they should "be utterly ashamed."
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The Twitter user slammed that the move is "despicable and speaks volumes." Another quipped that the administration might be "having a lie in."
President Biden later offered a statement, just after 11am ET, following hours of bashing.
In a statement, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden sent their "deepest condolences" to the Queen "on behalf of all the people of the United States."
"Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye – Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family."
The Biden's went on to appreciate Prince Philip's devotion to public service, environmental efforts, his support for the Armed Forces and the young people he inspired.
"His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped," the statement read.
The pair then concluded the statement, saying that they are keeping the Queen and Prince Philp's family "in our hearts during this time."
Leaders around the world expressed their sympathy for the Queen as the news was announced that her husband of 73 years had died.
In a statement, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal family.
"The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia."
King Harald V of Norway, a second cousin of the Queen and a second cousin once removed of the Duke of Edinburgh, also paid tribute to Prince Philip.
"Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family," he said. "We also send our condolences to the British people."
Former US president George W Bush said he was "fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit" of Prince Philip's company.
"Laura and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh," the statement said.
"Throughout his long and remarkable life, he devoted himself to worthy causes and to others.
"He represented the United Kingdom with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign."
Justin Trudeau described the Duke of Edinburgh as "a man of great purpose and conviction".
"It was with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh today," the Prime Minister of Canada said on Twitter.
The Queen today shared a poignant photo of Philip as she talked of her "deep sorrow" in a heartfelt tribute to her "beloved" husband.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
"Further announcements will made in due course.
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."
The royal passed away two months and one day short of what would have been his 100th birthday.
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