The Royal Family confirmed that on April 9, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Patriarch of the British Royal Family, died at the age of 99. Buckingham Palace made a brief statement in which it said: “It is with great sadness that Her Majesty the Queen announced the death of her beloved husband, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH is at peace this morning died at Windsor Castle. The royal family and people around the world mourn his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course. “
Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, gave up his Greek and Danish titles to become a naturalized British subject when he became engaged to Princess Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of King George VI. Just before the couple married in 1947, he became Baron Greenwich, Earl of Merioneth and Duke of Edinburgh. After the death of George VI in 1952, Elizabeth ascended the British throne and Philip became her consort. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation took place in June 1953, and as chairman of the coronation commission, Philip was instrumental in organizing the day.
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Although their marriage was not without its ups and downs, the Queen and Prince Philip had been married for over 70 years and had four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. They in turn gave the couple eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
The Duke resigned from his official royal duties in 2017 and his last official engagement was in August of that year, although this was by no means the last time we saw him. After a successful hip replacement surgery in April 2018, Philip was in a good mood at his grandson, Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May this year, despite skipping both the Trooping the Color ceremony and the christening of his great-grandson, Prince Louis. He resigned for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding in October, despite previous reports that he might choose to skip them. In 2019, we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him while he was hanging out with his eighth great-grandson, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born in May 2019. The Duke was also in a good mood attending Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding to Thomas Kingston.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Duke and Queen have stayed at Windsor Castle since lockdown restrictions were first introduced in March 2020. In the summer, as coronavirus lockdowns eased across the UK, Prince Philip was able to attend the private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who were married on July 17 at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge in Windsor. And while he couldn’t meet his ninth grandchild – Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank – the couple honored the Duke by naming him after his great-grandfather. In February 2021, the Duke was hospitalized, where he later underwent a successful procedure for an existing heart disease.
The palace has not yet released any further information about the prince’s death, but as the monarch’s consort he is entitled to a state burial.
– Additional reporting from Sophia Panych and Tori Crowther