Prince Philip, Husband Of Queen Elizabeth II, Dies At 99

Prince Philip, Husband Of Queen Elizabeth II, Dies At 99

The Royal died peacefully at his official residence in Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrives for the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles ceremony at Windsor castle on July 22, 2020 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away. The oldest member and the longest-serving consort of any British monarch died peacefully on Friday, April 9, at Windsor Castle. The news comes nearly two months after he was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on February 16. Buckingham Palace issued a statement at the time adding that it was a precautionary measure recommended by the doctor after he became unwell.


"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," the statement on the website read. "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss." According to TODAY, he underwent a procedure for a pre-existing cardiovascular condition and received treatment for an infection. He returned home to Windsor Castle a month later on March 16.


Prince Philip married then-Princess Elizabeth over 73 years ago on November 20, 1947, and took on the difficult role of a prince consort. He was born to Greek and Danish royalty on the Greek island of Corfu on June 21, 1921. Philip served for 65 years supporting the Queen before retiring from his public role in 2017 and spending much of his time in private since. During his active years, he envisioned the setting of a new course for the monarchy under a young queen, championing Britain itself, as well as environmental causes, science, and technology.


As a young man, Philip went on a join the Royal Navy. He caught the eye of then 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth as a cadet. The two being distant relatives and great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria, they exchanged letters and built a romance that eventually led to their wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1947 in an event broadcast on radio throughout the world. After the wedding, he received the official title Duke of Edinburgh. The couple went on to have four children: Prince Charles, the first in line to the British throne, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. They have eight grandchildren, including Prince Harry and Prince William, and 10 great-grandchildren.


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