Prince Philip, who devoted the majority of his life to the Queen and the British monarchy, has passed away at the age of 99.
Only weeks after being discharged from a London hospital and reunited with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at Windsor Castle.
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“It is with great sadness that Her Majesty The Queen declares the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” a spokeswoman for the British monarchy said.
The prince died on Friday morning, just two months before his 100th birthday, after being hospitalized for a pre-existing heart disease and an infection.
The Duke of Edinburgh was married to Queen Elizabeth for over 70 years, making him the British monarchy’s longest-serving consort. They planned to mark the Duke’s 100th birthday in June as a couple. Prince Philip withdrew from public appearances in 2017 when his condition began to deteriorate, and he was hospitalized earlier this year with an infection. Even after taking a step back, Prince Philip continued to serve as the family’s head, assisting the Queen on internal matters.
In the coming days, the Queen is expected to finalize arrangements for the Duke’s funeral, and it is expected that he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, as he desired.
Flags on prominent buildings were lowered to half-mast this morning to honor the beloved Duke, who was well-liked by the public for his dry sense of humor.
As a show of gratitude, the Royal Family will undergo a 30-day mourning period, during which time state affairs will be suspended.