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Prince Philip – The Duke of Edinburgh – dies aged 99

Prince Philip – the Duke of Edinburgh has died. He was aged 99.

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 Queen and Philip had been married for 73 years.

He was the longest serving consort in British history.

Until he reached 96, he continued to carry out a series of public engagements.

But ill health has dogged the Duke over the last decade.

Only a few weeks ago he was released from hospital after being treated for a heart condition.

The Queen will reveal over the next few days the funeral plans for the Duke.

It is believed he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral – as were his wishes.

The Queen has described Prince Philip as her “constant strength and stay”.

They had four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward – and he was a much-loved grandfather and great-grandfather.

Prime Minister Boris 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”



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