Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, has died at the age of 99. Buckingham Palace made the announcement this morning saying, ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.’ Philip had been hospitalized for a month earlier this year with an infection and later underwent heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.
An official notice of his death was posted on the railings of Buckingham Palace, as is tradition for major royal announcements, but was being removed shortly afterward to avoid crowds gathering amid COVID-19 restrictions. It is unknown at this point in time what the funeral proceedings will look like given lockdown procedures.
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.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
Prince Philip - the son-in-law of a king, the husband of a queen and the father of a future king - had no formal role, yet he helped to sustain the British monarchy. It will be a lonelier Queen who continues to reign. #PrincePhilip pic.twitter.com/L2l8TMo1pb— Peter Hunt (@_PeterHunt) April 9, 2021
Our condolences to the Queen and her family. This is a personal and private moment for the family, so we won’t have anything further to say today.— Republic (@RepublicStaff) April 9, 2021
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