Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away, the royal family announced on Twitter on Friday, April 9. Philip, born in 1921, was 99 years old.
Philip is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II,
the reigning British monarch – the longest-reigning consort in British history. He had recently recovered after having tested positive for COVID-19.
Though he had no official role, Philip was one of the most influential figures in the royal family for more than 70 years.
“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 update read. Philip, the tweet said,
passed away “peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
The death of Prince Philip the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest serving royal consort in the British history,
was announced in accordance with royal tradition on Friday,
as two members of staff dressed in black carefully placed a framed statement on the gates of Buckingham Palace.
But because his death, at 99, occurred in the age of the coronavirus in a country hit harder
than most by a modern plague, the courtiers wore face masks.
Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel,
Windsor – but the arrangements have been amended in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the College of Arms said in a statement.
It added that the funeral will not be a state funeral, and the duke will not lie in state. The duke will, however, lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of a funeral, the College of Arms said,
“in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes”.
Buckingham Palace will confirm the detailed arrangements for the funeral on the Royal website,
it added. All UK government buildings have been told to fly an official flags at half-mast in tribute to the duke
until 08:00 BST on the day after the funeral.
Philip is the son of the exiled Prince Andrew of Greece, a descendant of Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria
and his wife’s third cousin.Philip joined the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth as a cadet in 1939.
He served in warships during World War Two, was mentioned in dispatches,
He and Elizabeth first met at the wedding of Philip’s cousin in 1934.
Five years later the dashing young sailor attracted the attention of his future wife when the then-princess was 13 and visited Dartmouth with her parents.
In a tetchy interview with the BBC to mark his 90th birthday,
Philip had said his role involved struggle.
“There was no precedent. If I asked somebody ‘what do you expect me to do?’
they all looked blank – they had no idea, nobody had much idea,” he said.
Born in an age of deference to monarchy,
Philip helped Elizabeth navigate the political and social upheaval of the 20th century
to craft a monarchy fit for a different time.
Prince Philip and the Queen had four children,
eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Their first son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister,
the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1950,
the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960 and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 1964.
Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921.
His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark,
a younger son of King George I of the Hellenes.
His mother, Princess Alice, was a daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.