Prince Philip: The Queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99
Buckingham Palace has announced that the Queen’s husband Prince Philip has died at the age of 99.
“It is with great sadness that the Queen announces that her beloved husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has died,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Prince Philip died Friday morning in Windsor Castle, according to the statement.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has said that Prince Philip was an example to countless young people.
He said that he helped run the royal family and the monarchy so that it could become an institution that is undoubtedly of key importance for the balance and happiness of our national life.
The life of Prince Philip in pictures
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said he was “saddened” by the Duke’s death.
“I personally express my deepest condolences to the Queen and her family on behalf of the Government of Scotland and the people of Scotland,” he tweeted.
Speaking to the media outside 10 Downing Street, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of Duke’s death.
“Prince Philip fell in love with many generations of the British, the whole Commonwealth and the whole world,” he said.
Boris Johnson paid tribute to the duke’s role in the longest-running royal couple and recalled that Prince Philip was one of the last survivors of World War II.
“From this conflict he learned the spirit of service that he applied in the post-war period,” Johnson said.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that “he (Prince Philip) has always put the interests of others before his own, and in doing so, set the best example of Christian values.”
“This is a moment of sadness for the whole nation,” said the BBC’s royal affairs correspondent, Nicholas Vachil. Stay with them It’s been a long time coming.
According to him, Prince Philip “rendered very important services during the reign of the Queen.” He praised the duke, saying “he was convinced that the role the queen was playing was very important and that it was his duty to help her.”
He added that “this relationship and the strength of the marriage bond between them was the reason for the successful reign of the Queen.”
Gather outside Windsor
Helena Wilkinson, BBC News correspondent , Windsor Castle
Following the announcement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, the flag was lowered at Buckingham Palace and a notice of his death was posted on the palace gates.
After the news of the Duke’s death was announced by the royal family, people began to gather at the gates of Windsor Castle.
Other locals, including a young girl, placed bouquets on the doors. A card with the flowers read, “Rest in Peace, Prince Philip.” Another card addresses the Queen, expressing deep regret.
There is an atmosphere of mourning in Windsor in response to Duke’s death.
This is where he spent the last days of his life after being discharged from the hospital. He spent his last days with his wife, the Queen of Great Britain.
Prince Philip married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before he became queen, making them the longest-running royal couple in British history.
In March, the Duke of Edinburgh was discharged from hospital after a month of treatment. He was admitted to a London hospital for treatment of a heart condition.
Prince Philip and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Their first son, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister, Princess Ann, in 1950, Prince Andrew in 1960, and Prince Edward in 1964.
Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921, on the Greek island of Corfu. His father, Prince Andrew, was the youngest son of King George I.
His mother was the daughter of Princess Alice Lord Louis Mountbatten and a neighbor of Queen Victoria