Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years, died at the Windsor Castle at the age of 99, according to Fox News.
The royal family affirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh is dead in a statement.
“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 statement says.
An announcement of Prince Philip’s death was put on the gates of the Buckingham palace.
According to reports, during England’s coronavirus lockdown, Prince Philip stayed at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the queen, 94.
On Feb. 16, Philip was taken to a London hospital after feeling ill.
On March 3, he accepted a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital.
After the procedure, he was transferred back to King Edward VII hospital on March 5 and ultimately released home on March 16.
In 1947, Philip married Princess Elizabeth and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Together they have had four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Philip was a former naval officer and keen polo player.
Philip lived a long healthy life but experienced health issued in more recent year.
Back in 2011, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains and treated for a blocked coronary artery.
In December 2019 Philip was last hospitalized for what the palace said was planned treatment of a pre-existing condition.
Philip was forced to give up driving at the age of 97, after smashing into a car while driving a Land Rover
Philip said in a TV documentary that marked his 90th birthday, “I reckon I’ve done my bit. I want to enjoy myself for a bit now. With less responsibility, less rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say. ”
“On top of that, your memory’s going. I can’t remember names. Yes, I’m just sort of winding down.”
Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counselor.
He was the second person ever to bear the title “Duke of Edinburgh.”
On June 10, 1921, he was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark and was the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, as well as the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.
At the age of 18, Philip joined the navy and shortly afterward met his bride-to-be when the then-13-year-old Elizabeth toured the Royal Naval College with her family.
The pair began exchanging letters and fell in love, their romance strengthening while Philip served overseas during World War II.
“Whatever happens, don’t give up and don’t despair,” he once said.
“Results may not be immediately apparent, but you may have touched a receptive chord without knowing it.”
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In March 2012 he asked a disabled man on a mobility scooter, “How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?”
At the same time, Philip was actively involved in a wide variety of causes and was patron or president of more than 750 organizations.
He was a particularly prominent advocate for environmental awareness. After visiting Antarctica and the South Atlantic in 1956-57, Philip devoted himself to raising awareness of the public’s relationship to the environment.
He served as the first president of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) from 1961 to 1982, international president of the WWF from 1981 to 1996, as well as president emeritus of the WWF thereafter.
Throughout his career, Philip also visited research stations, laboratories, coal mines and factories to better understand and improve British industrial life. He was a patron of the Work Foundation, sponsoring six conferences on the human problems of industrial communities within the Commonwealth.
Philip was greatly involved in charities that specifically focused on scientific and technological research, as well as the environment and sports.
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