The British Prince Philip died this morning. The Royal Palace reported that. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II was 99 years old and had been married to the British monarch for 73 years.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “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.”
Other Royal Family members have been informed of his death, and it is expected that flags across the country will be lowered to half-mast.
The Duke, the longest-reigning consort in British history, had recently been treated at King Edward VII Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital for an infection. Over the coming days, funeral arrangements will be made for the Duke, the longest-reigning consort in British history.
He previously said that he didn’t want a fuss over his funeral, adding that he didn’t want to lie in-state at Westminster Hall. He will be buried in Frogmore Gardens in Windsor Castle’s grounds where the Queen liked to walk her corgis – he installed the royal yacht Britannia’s dining room at Frogmore House.
Prince Philip was the longest-reigning Queen’s consort in British history. He was the husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II, who is now in an eight-day period of mourning following his death.
New travel rules could add £ 1,500 to the cost of family trips this summer. The rest of the UK will enter a 30-day period of official Royal Mourning before the Queen returns to public duties.
There were already signs on the wall that Philip was not doing well. The prince was hospitalized on Wednesday morning, February 17. The 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh became unwell the night before. “The Duke’s admission is a precautionary measure,” it was still communicated at the time.
“On the advice of the doctor after his royal highness was not feeling well,” said the palace. “It is expected that the Duke will have to stay in the hospital for a few more days, for observation and to rest.”
In recent years, Philip had already had some health problems. After previous procedures on a blocked coronary artery and cystitis, the Duke was admitted to King Edward VI Hospital for four days in 2019. The reason for this was not disclosed.
Prince Philip was born in 1921 as the Prince of Greece and Denmark. He was the nephew of the then king of the Greeks. But before he was two years old, his uncle was deposed and exiled to France. Philip himself gave up his princely titles when he married Elizabeth. In addition, he changed his name to Mountbatten because it sounded more English than his birth name Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.
Philip fought for a long time to be allowed to pass on the name Mountbatten to his children, but in the end, he was refused. His children Charles, Andrew, and Anne would be given the name Windsor, like their mother. He was known as a prince consort, meaning he had an only title and no executive power.
Since he was officially lower in rank than his wife as a prince, he was obliged to walk a few steps behind Queen Elizabeth during official affairs – something he lamented bitterly about. The prince was known for his colored language and sharp pronunciations.
Elizabeth and Philip sparked when they were 13 and 18 years old, respectively. Elizabeth was then visiting the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon, with her parents. Their guide was none other than Philip, who attended the school himself.
However, the prince did not appeal to the British. His three sisters were all married to German princes. Three of his brothers-in-law were also members of the Nazi party during WWII. He was, to put it briefly, way too German.
Elizabeth stood her ground and refused to argue with her family. “She was reluctant to become queen,” say royalty experts. “She didn’t want to spend those long, boring years with a man who ‘suited the occasion’. No, she wanted a man of her own choosing. The man she was in love with. A man who was not afraid to talk to her, whether she was Queen or not. ” Philip called Elizabeth “Lilibeth,” a pet name that had been around since before their wedding.