Duke of Edinburgh had been admitted to a private hospital for several weeks.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, aged 99, died this Friday at Buckingham Palace.
The prince, who was turning 100 on June 10, had recently left the hospital, where he underwent heart surgery and returned to Windsor Palace.
“It is with great regret that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, Her Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Her Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Other announcements [relating to funeral ceremonies] will be done in a timely manner. The Royal Family joins the whole world in mourning this loss “, can be read in the document released by the palace.
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. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
The flags are already half-masted across the country.
Prince Philip was born in Corfu in 1921 with the title ‘Prince of Greece and Denmark’, but it was as Prince Consort of Queen Elizabeth II that he lived most of his life.
The only son of Prince André of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, at the age of 18 Prince Philip and his family had to leave Greece due to the political instability created by the war with Turkey and his uncle, the king of Greece, Constantine I, was forced to abdicate.
During the First World War, Prince Louis of Battenberg, Prince Philip’s grandfather, changed the family name to Mountbatten and it was this name that Philip adopted when he became a British citizen and renounced the royal title to marry Princess Isabel.
The Duke lived in the shadow of the Queen, with whom he married at Westminster Abbey in 1947. he always walked one step behind Elizabeth II in the thousands of ceremonies he attended during his wife’s reign, the longest in British history.
“He has been, simply, my strength and permanence during all these years”, said Isabel II in a rare tribute to her husband, during a speech that marked the 50 years of marriage.
Prince Philip’s death triggers Operation “Forth Bridge”, the code name for funeral preparations, which deserves state honors, but which the Duke of Edinburgh has said he wanted to be a discreet ceremony.
Source: with Agencies