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09th Apr 2021

Prince Philip has died at the age of 99

His death was confirmed by Buckingham Palace

Prince Philip has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace have confirmed.

A statement read: “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.”

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth have been married for over 70 years. He is the longest serving consort in the history of the British monarchy. They had four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

Earlier this year, he was admitted to St Bartholomew’s hospital in London for a month. While he was there, he underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition.

Funeral details have not been released yet. It is thought that Prince Philip will have a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral.

Prince Philip was born in Greece in 1921. At age 18, he enrolled in the Royal Navy. He served during World War II.

When he married Queen Elizabeth, he renounced his claim to the Greek and Danish royal titles.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke about the Duke of Edinburgh’s legacy at Downing Street.

Johnson said: “He helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister sent her condolences to the royal family on Twitter.

She wrote: “I send my personal and deepest condolences – and those of scotgov and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.”