It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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.
On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburg and the husband of Queen Elizabeth. This well-known royal figure, which has been at the side of the queen throughout the 69 years of her reign, was 99 years old. The Greek Prince had been ailing for a while and “passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle” according to an official statement.
Prince Philip has been a strong support for his wife, who has been the longest reigning monarch in the history of Britain. He was reputed to have a no nonsense attitude and was considered to be tough. He also had the ability to commit a few social gaffes which made him the darling of the press, especially the tabloids who printed these gaffes most often on their front pages.
He had served in the navy with the Royal Mediterranean fleet as well as the Pacific fleet. He fell in love with Elizabeth and renounced his career and name for her. He agreed to their future family carrying the name of the House of Windsor. Philip and Elizabeth were married in 1947. They had four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Prince Philip played an important role after World War II. He helped to modernize the monarchy, while staying one step behind the Queen in public. He was said to be her confidant and the person whom the Queen trusted the most.
During their fiftieth wedding anniversary celebrations the Queen had paid a rare, public, yet personal tribute to Prince Philip. She said that he had quite simply been her “strength” and “stay all these years.” Elizabeth added that she and her whole family and many countries owed him “a debt greater than he would ever claim” or that they should ever know.
Many royal sources have said that although he may have been one step behind her in public, he was the head of the household in private. Some claim that the ugly situation that unfolded with Prince Harry and Megan Markle may not have taken place had he been well.
Earlier this year, Prince Philip had been hospitalized for four weeks. He was treated for an infection and had a heart procedure. He returned to Windsor Castle in early March, where he passed away. The Queen has been in residence there, since the pandemic.
Buckingham Palace and government buildings across Britain have lowered their flags at half-mast. Funeral arrangements have not been mentioned but a quiet funeral is expected. Condolences have been pouring in from all over world; from the heads of countries and royal families.
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