The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.
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. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
Prince Phillip was the longest-serving consort in British history, having married the Queen in 1947 and served alongside her since she rose to the throne in June 1952.
He had retired from public engagements in 2017 due to ill health, having carried out more than 20,000 of them throughout his life.
Phillip was recently in hospital for several weeks with an undisclosed heart condition, but returned to Windsor Castle to continue his recovery. The Palace has not announced the cause of his passing at this time.
His death is expected to mark eight days of official mourning for the Duke, who was born in 1921. He is expected to lie in state at St James’s Palace before being buried at Windsor Castle.
The Duke famously left Greece, where he was a member of the royal family, in a fruit box following the Greco Turkish war. He first met Queen Elizabeth when she was 13 and they married almost a decade later.
He has served by her side in the nearly 70 years since that she has been Queen, originally being known for his modernisation of the Crown, which included televising the Queen’s coronation in 1953.