Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Dies Aged 99

The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away, confirmed the royal family at Buckingham Palace. 

Britain's royal family recently announced the passing away of Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The royal family shared a post on Instagram announcing the sad news. 

 

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The official statement read, "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. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course."

 

The Duke is bemoaned by his wife—Queen Elizabeth II; his four children—Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Anne, Princess Royal and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; his eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 

 

The fifth child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, Philip was born in Corfu, Greece, in June 1921. The youngest of five, Philip's four older sisters all married members of Germany's nobility; one, Cecilie, was killed in a plane crash in 1937 along with her husband, two sons, and mother-in-law. Philip and Elizabeth got married in the month of November 1947, at which point he assumed the Duke of Edinburgh title. They have been married for over 70 years! "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years," said Queen Elizabeth in a speech marking their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. 

 

The royal family—along with the entire world—will be mourning the loss of Prince Philip.